Cats on Peaks?

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Mine will never get there, but they are cute. Anyone have photos of cats on summits?
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Not my photo. A friend sent it to me a few years back. Cat coming down from Missouri.
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I saw a girl doing this on the PCT south of Tahoe, and could barely believe my eyes. The extra 8-10 lbs of base weight is significant, but worth it.
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It was not on a peak, but heading up to lower blue lake in September of 2022, a lady had a cat on her shoulder heading down.
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I saw a young lady with her cat just south of Falcon Peak’s summit a few years ago. That made my year. I’d love to be able to do a peak here & there with my cat but I guess they have to be trained for that at a very young age (like under 6 months).

I don’t imagine simple house cats being able to do much more than hiking on a simple trail. Anyone who knows cats can attest to them feeling that some particular jump or climb is worth a shot, but often the attempt falls woefully short. My last cat Hannah attempted about a 4-foot jump onto the top shelf in a closet and I don’t even think her front paws got within 6 inches of the shelf. Lol. Seems like on difficult peaks, dogs are much better at concluding, no, I can’t pull that off. Or even perhaps being aware of consequences. Cats are like, I’ve got this. Being with a cat on anything Class 2 or higher would definitely be an interesting experience.
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I saw on the news a few years back about a guy climbing all the 14ers with his black cat! Wish I remembered what news article that was!
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Well, you made me google it. Didn't find the black cat, but fun for the topic and I hadn't seen it:

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Not to be a stickler for the rules, but I don't think those cats can legitimately count these 14er summits. The gray one looks catatonic. Speaking of which, does her ascent still count as unsupported if someone had to give that cat a tonic, such as redbull or muscle milk, because she slept until treeline?
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My cat is leashed trained, but approaching 18 years old with arthritic hips, so I never take her on real hikes. She's a bengal, which is a breed that lends itself to having more "dog" characteristics. I will say when walking her, it is very much about her and her pace and desires - cat-like, in other words!

I have a friend who has a younger bengal, and she hikes with her. I think I've seen them do a few miles at a time, but no peaks at this time. To be fair, my friend isn't really interested in peaks, either.

I always say if I get another cat in the future, I will train it to be a full on hiker for tame stuff. But I also realize it would take one heck of a special cat to be great on multi-use trails, and around wildlife.
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