There were too many stories of Emme and our hikes together to include in one book—this is one such story. One fine day, Emme and I were itching to do a new hike, one we hadn’t explored before. I flipped through the pages of the USDA Forest Service trail notices and discovered a trailhead about […]
Emme’s Hailstorm Heroics on the Mines of Independence Hike
There were too many stories of Emme and our hikes together to include in one book—this is one such story. Distance: 2 miles Difficulty: Moderate. Elevation: Start: 10,820 feet at the westerly ruins of Independence VillageEnd Elevation: 11,600 feet On July 4th, 1879 there was a gold strike up high on a pass only traveled […]
On a Hike or Climb: Dog or No Dog?
A powerful answer from an incredible rescue story The concerns a dog owner should consider before deciding whether to bring their dog on a hike are best illustrated with a true story: Missy the Wonderdog from August 2012. Missy was a German shepherd/Rottweiler mix weighing in at 112 pounds. Here’s what happened. Missy’s owner and […]
Backpacking and Camping with Your Dog
Pre-hike Readiness Visit the Vet: Ask some key questions before you and your dog head far into the wilds. Is your dog physically ready? For example, it is advisable to wait until a young dog’s bones are fully developed. That might be at a year of age, plus or minus several months, depending on size […]