Re: [John Muir Trail] JMT hikers who hike with dogs in the national forest area of the JMT
- Bob, I'm only talking about the national forest area of the JMT where dogs are allowed. Definitely they are not allowed in national parks in the back-country. I like to play by the rules. This makes for a very small part of the trail, basically from south of Donahue Pass to Piute Creek on the north side of the Kings Canyon National Park.
On Sat, Jan 1, 2011 at 3:54 PM, robert shattuck <bobolonius@...> wrote:
Dogs are cute and it's neat to run into them on the trail, but speaking specifically of the JMT, don't bother ever trying to bring one. It seems that every time I have been on the trail I have run across someone with a dog . . . and then a mile later, or a day, I find a ranger looking for them. The rules change every time you enter a new park and it seems that nothing annoys a ranger more than illegal fire pits and people bringing dogs into the back-country.I've also seen a few dogs (and Llamas!) with their feet all cut up from the rough granite.bobhttp://www.summitpost.org/plans/view_activity.php?post_id=6480
- I met a couple once that had a donkey that was pretty much a pet. It carried all their food & equipment and followed them, or they followed it.
- This year I did the start and end of the "Canine JMT" with my dog Pijiu. He's an 80lb mutt with a big chunk of Golden Retriever in him. Very friendly and fun. We explored Piute Pass to the JMT bridge and did a nice loop to Donohue Pass in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. This year we plan on doing the whole C-JMT sobo. I love having him hike with me, and he loves it, too!He carries a RuffWear backpack which he seems to like (at least he doesn't complain about it). He carries his own food and snacks. My wife also insists that he carries the Spot tracker. I carry a yoga mat for him to sleep on in our 2 person REI tent.Everyone we meet on trail is happy to see him.all the best,Pijiu & The Man
- This couple of donkeys (only one owner shown) -- around august 2, 2009, near wanda lake.
On Sat, Jan 1, 2011 at 6:26 PM, Kim Fishburn <outhiking_55@...> wrote:I met a couple once that had a donkey that was pretty much a pet. It carried all their food & equipment and followed them, or they followed it.
- I also love meeting up with dogs on the trail, seems like they are almost Golden Retreivers. Only once died I see dogs on leash, still all were well behaved and happy. I would love to have a buddy like that.Linda
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Sent: Sat, January 1, 2011 12:51:01 PM
Subject: [John Muir Trail] JMT hikers who hike with dogs in the national forest area of the JMT
Two interesting threads are going on at backpackinglight.com on hiking/camping with dogs. Focused on winter coats/tents/tarps for dogs.
Cool about the Shiba Inu (mini-husky dog) that is about 19 pounds. I have a Fox Wired Hair Terrier who I take on weekend training hikes but would never take on the High Sierras. I love seeing dogs in the national forest area of the JMT. Every encounter has been positive. I know some hikers don't like them on the trail. I suppose there are some bad experiences/bad owners. Fortunately I have not met them. My dog stays in a kennel when I'm gone. He loves the kennel (I know it, for when I picked him up one time, he ran back into the kennel--if he did not like it there, he would not do that!).
This year, I did see two Whitney day hikers (young high school or college age girls) who brought their beagle with them, and they were coming down from Whitney around 7am in the morning! Their beagle had made it all the way up to Whitney. Yes, I know they were breaking the rules which is why I guess they did it so early in the day. Amazing a beagle could make it to the summit of Whitney.
I have not seen people do much posting in this group on dogs. Anyone care to share some interesting stories or dog-gear ideas? I would like to know which breeds are best suited for behaving on the trail myself. Yes, I know a lot of it depends on the owner being well trained. But I bet some breeds are just better than others. I was impressed with the Shiba Inu in the one thread. I like a hiking dog that is strong and can hike but is still light enough one can pick them up and clean their paws when bringing them into the house after they've gotten filthy outside.
Happy new year all. I appreciate John's recommendation today he made. I am still embarrassed about being afflicted with that google mail/internet explorer 6 bug that upset myself and some others in this group last year. I promise you all, that will never happen again.