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Colorado Trail Part 3: Reflections from the Trail
Hiking and Backpacking

Colorado Trail Part 3: Reflections from the Trail

This past July, I spent two weeks backpacking 100 miles the Colorado Trail with my pointer-mix Bella and my mother.  We spent the majority of the time hiking between Frisco and Twin Lakes, Colorado, and then drove South to complete three days in the beautiful San Juan Mountains outside of…

Colorado Trail Part Two
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Colorado Trail Part 2: Release the Gear Hounds

In part one of my Colorado Trail Series, I introduced the 100-mile trip my mom, Bella, and I are planning next month and talked about our planning process. After deciding on our sections, schedules, and resupply and pick up points, the next step for me was to get my gear…

Altitude Sickness in Dogs
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Altitude Sickness in Dogs – Recognizing and Treating

When traveling to areas of high elevation or hiking in high mountain ranges (particularly 5,000 feet above sea level and higher), dogs should be watched for signs of altitude sickness. Factors that may impact a dog’s chance of getting altitude sickness: Hydration Activity level/exertion Length of acclimation period the dog…

Colorado Trail Part 1
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Colorado Trail Part 1: “Don’t Go Wishing Your Life Away”

The idea for this trip first came to me at the Banff Film Festival’s Boulder, Colorado screening a few years ago.  We were celebrating my husband Patrick’s 30th birthday, and his father had come up frequently in conversation that night.  When Pat was in his early 20’s, he lost his…

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker
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A Chat with an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

Have you ever thought about hiking the Appalachian Trail with your dog? We had a fun opportunity to outfit Panda, an AT Thru-Hiker’s dog, for the 2016 season. We recently caught back up with Jacqui Reed to get her reflections and thoughts on that AT thru-hike – what it was like…

Cold weather pack list
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Cold Weather Day Hike Pack List for Your Dog

Doing a cold weather hike with your dog might seem intimidating. You have your layers and warm boots. Hats, gloves, sunglasses and maybe even snowshoes. But what about your dog? Besides a built-in fur coat and can-do attitude, they may be lacking some essential gear. We’ve put together a cold weather pack…

First Aid
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Human and Dog First Aid for Day Trips

Make your own custom first aid kit, for you and your dog When I first started trail running with my husband, Pat, he concerned me by heading into the high country by himself, oftentimes for 20-30 miles in one go.  When trail running, you have to pack minimally, and only…

Backpacking Pack List
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Backpacking with your Dog: Pack List

Try to name a better backpacking companion than your dog. Go ahead, I’ll wait. I mean your dog won’t complain if you smell. They won’t constantly talk about how they’re craving a pizza. They don’t mind getting dirty and five-second rule? Make it 10! But seriously, dogs make great trail…