Please forgive me if this is silly.

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Please forgive me if this is silly.

Postby JOBIE » Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:04 pm

We were wondering if anyone takes their dogs with them?
My guess would be no, due to the altitude. :oops:

Only stupid question is one not asked!

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Postby Jack » Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:36 pm

On the contrary, lots of people climb with their dogs. It seems that dogs deal very well with the altitude and can traverse fairly difficult terrain. I saw a dog high on Torrey's Kelso Ridge, only kept off the summit by the knife edge bit. I have seen all kinds of dogs big and small on the mountain, so your question is really not silly at all. Enjoy the trails with man's best friend.
PS you may also remember the climbers a month or so ago that got stuck on Mt Hood were climbing with a yellow lab.

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Postby rollin » Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:40 pm

Look at this post about the famous "Quandary Dog."

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Postby Cruiser » Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:57 pm

Try this thread for some more info:
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Postby skwid » Wed Mar 28, 2007 7:19 pm

I climb with my dog... hooch loves it

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Postby NycICK » Wed Mar 28, 2007 7:44 pm

I have a husky. He goes up all the 14ers with me. I'd probably get dirty looks from him if I didn't bring him along.

And size doesn't matter either. I was just leaving the summit of Handies Peak on a hike back in August and there was another group I passed who were just about there with this miniture weiner dog. The little guy must have weighed less than 10 pounds but he made the summit.

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Re: Please forgive me if this is silly.

Postby MikeWoods » Wed Mar 28, 2007 7:45 pm

JOBIE wrote: My guess would be no, due to the altitude.

Actually, dogs naturally have a very high VO2, much higher than humans meaning they do very well at altitude.

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Postby Two Headed Boy » Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:07 pm

I know of at least one dog that has summited every fourteener unassisted. Thing was a mongrel and in my opinion not the best looking dog I've ever seen. Little guy could kick my ass.

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Postby guitmo223 » Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:56 pm

I have a miniature beagle that climbs up to class 3. She has the time of her life.
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Postby Inky6900 » Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:17 pm

Ya, mine is a Golden has climbed 49 of em. Hopefully we can finish in the next couple years.

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Postby JOBIE » Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:58 pm

I think that we might bring our mutt... :D

Just was not sure how to bring up the subject.

Postby Bean » Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:44 pm

Dogs love hiking. Most of them, anyway.



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