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Re: dog friendly

Postby caseygries » Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:42 pm

You're probably well aware, but it's always a good idea to bring some form of paw protection along. We took our 11 mo Aussie Shepherd/Cattle dog mix up Mt Hope and La Plata a few weeks back and without good paw conditioning (calluses) their pads can (and will) get cut up on sharp rocks, scree, etc. We have some Ruffwear Grip Trex that were required on the way down and worked well.

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Re: dog friendly

Postby davebks » Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:53 pm

what a great picture. they look like people on the trail with their packs and boots. funny.
was it hard to get them used to the booties? do you feel like they aren't as safe because they cant dig in with thier claws? I always wondered about that.

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Re: dog friendly

Postby caseygries » Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:18 pm

Not hard at all, they get the hang of them pretty quick, especially when they're so excited to keep moving (it is really entertaining seeing their first couple steps with the booties on!). I suggest putting them on during or right before a hike/walk so that they associate the booties with being out - they'll be much more willing to wear them that way.

As you mentioned, the downside is that the dogs do loose some of their normal traction (though these have Vibram traction technology, which is a bonus). We try to limit their usage to when there is little fall risk and only when we can see, or predict, their pads starting to become sore. Our 4 yr old Aussie (the black one in the back of the pic) hasn't needed to wear his booties in 1-2 yrs because his paw pads have become so used to the terrain.

Another advantage is in the snow; ice balls often form between their pads and these booties help keep them from forming.

Re: dog friendly

Postby PattyCakes » Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:53 pm

The first 14er I did with my dog Rocky was Mt. Elbert. I would highly recommend Mt. Elbert to start your dog off, and girlfriend. The trail doesn't have too many rocky parts, and it's only a 8 mile round trip. Plus the view on top of Colorado's tallest 14er are incredible! Also it's about a 2 1/2 hour drive from the Boulder area. Your dog will have a blast climbing 14ers, I know mine do!

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Re: dog friendly

Postby bpko » Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:09 pm

I took Gus up the Decalibron Loop last year and he loved it. I would say that was his favorite fourteener, alongside Missouri Mountain. But it might be a good idea to just climb Decali and leave out Bross, the heavy loose scree was a bit of a challenge for Gus. Maybe Jax is different.

Elbert is always a safe bet, too.
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Re: dog friendly

Postby davebks » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:24 am

decalibron, interesting stuff. how long would you say it takes? any idea on mileage for that endeavor?
http://www.summitpost.org/the-decalibron/161368

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Re: dog friendly

Postby wrchad23 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:59 am

PattyCakes wrote:The first 14er I did with my dog Rocky was Mt. Elbert. I would highly recommend Mt. Elbert to start your dog off, and girlfriend. The trail doesn't have too many rocky parts, and it's only a 8 mile round trip. Plus the view on top of Colorado's tallest 14er are incredible! Also it's about a 2 1/2 hour drive from the Boulder area. Your dog will have a blast climbing 14ers, I know mine do!


Good to hear since my black lab and I are going to try this one in a couple weeks for both of our first 14er :)

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