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Colorado Mountain Dogs


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There is no luckier dog than one that is frolicking in the Colorado High Country. Whether skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking, on the river, or on a lofty summit, dogs in the Colorado mountains are the happiest creatures on the planet. Colorado Mountain Dogs captures the joy and rapture of canines and their human companions as they frolic on trails, in camp and in creeks, from the San Juans to the Front Range, from Steamboat Springs along the Continental Divide to the Sawatch and Sangre de Cristos. Whether you are a visitor or a longtime resident, Colorado Mountain Dogs gives you a dogs-eye view of the backcountry, the ski slopes, and the resort towns of Americas most-altitudinous state. With more than 150 photographs and sidebars on how to photograph dogs, reasons why people have dogs, and the naming of dogs.
When you see a bassett hound galumphing through grass, his belly dragging the higher-reaching blades and his ears tipped in bracken, your first thought probably isn’t, “There’s the mountain dog for me.” And if you saw one of these ungainly critters cavorting high on a Fourteener, you might even feel pity—or outrage. What kind of master would bring such a slow-tempered waddler up onto these strenuous peaks? Only the vilest bastard, surely. . . .
But you haven’t met Wilbur. Wilbur is eleven now, his ears hanging lower than ever
and his muzzle as white as the Snowmass Glacier in May, but in his prime he racked up an impressive ticklist, mostly under his own power. True, his “mommy”—my friend Haven—and I often had to give him a boost (or even pack-carry) here and there. But Wilbur (aka Wee-beez, aka Wing-dingz) became our constant companion at the cliffs and in the mountains. He insisted—by upsetting the garbage can, tearing into any food within reach, and pooping on the floor—that we not house-bind him during our long days climbing.
And so Wilbur climbed the Second Flatiron, the Kelso Ridge of Torreys Peak, the Sawtooth Ridge connecting Mounts Bierstadt and Evans, Green Mountain (more times than I can count), a 5.5 approach slab in Utah’s Maple Canyon and third- and fourth-class walls and ridges too numerous to list. But his finest moment came on the connecting ridge between Shavano and Tabeguache, two silent peaks on the southern end of the Sawatch Range.



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Published 04 June 2014
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