Apr 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm #1272017
I'm doing a 2 nighter in May with a friend and 3 dogs. Looks the the high peaks region is a whole lot of intersecting trails so we can pretty much tool around for a few days with no problem. Are there any great trails or must see peaks that anyone would recommend?
-BarryApr 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm #1722966
The Ascent of Gothics from the southwest is spectacular and fun, with log ladders, cables and etc. if the dogs are up for that. From there, the narrow saddle to Pyramid Peak is great as well (and an exhilarating run if you're in the mood).Apr 11, 2011 at 7:10 am #1723095
I'll be sure to check it out. Thanx!Apr 11, 2011 at 11:10 am #1723192
Nate LeeBPL Member
the great range imo, is not appropriate for dogs. Maybe one grizzled hardocre army dog. I can't imagine three dogs and two owners, what with leashes and all that. There are many vert ledges you will ascend and worse, descend.
Are they even allowed in the arctic alpine enviroments up there?
That said there is much awesomeness in the area and I'm sure you'll find something. My advice, do indian pass and phelps up marcy. Dogs can do that no problem. Indian pass is criminally undervalued.Apr 11, 2011 at 11:14 am #1723194
Nate LeeBPL Member
Also, no dogs allowed on AMR lands, so you'll need to spend some time planning a route. Try calling amc headquarters, they're extremely friendly and nice people.Apr 11, 2011 at 11:54 am #1723212
AMR Lands? What's that?Apr 11, 2011 at 11:57 am #1723213
I justed wiki'd AMR. I assume these should be clearly dilineated on my maps.Apr 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm #1723335
Sadly, I have no experience hiking with dogs so I don't know what is or isn't necessarily dog-appropriate terrain, so… yeah, take my post with a few hard shakes of the saltshaker.
On another note, my high peaks topos do clearly show the borders of AMR land, as should any good maps of the area. I think it even shows up on google maps (terrain view).Apr 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm #1723344
@ravelynLocale: The Crossroads of the Revolution
I agree about not bringing the dogs on the Great Range, including Gothics. It is seriously rugged terrain. As Nate Lee said, plenty of vertical ledges, ladders, cables, etc. Some dogs could probably make it. But why not find a route that will be more enjoyable for both man and beast.Apr 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm #1723368
So, looks like I'm planning to go during blackfly season. Is this going to be a real problem? Would you recommend against it?Apr 11, 2011 at 6:08 pm #1723376
Elliott WolinBPL Member
@ewolinLocale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Hiking during blackfly season! Tell us about your experiences when they release you from the hospital…Apr 12, 2011 at 5:02 am #1723519
Bring some oranges. After you eat them, fold the chunks of orange peel so that the bitter "oil of orange" squeezes out and rub it on exposed skin. It's not perfect, but it cuts the bugs a bit without being chemically irritating (if your body doesn't mind DEET, that might be better. I can't really use DEET so I wouldn't know).
On top of that, headnets and long sleeves if it's really bad.
If you buy one of those tiny "Blackfly Houses" to attach to your pack or the brim of a hat they might decide to be friendly to you. You never know. :-PApr 12, 2011 at 6:03 am #1723531
Nathan BakerBPL Member
@slvravnLocale: East Coast - Mid Atlantic
I would recommend against it. You can get a headnet, put on deet or slather yourself with whatever else you want to, but those little buggers are relentless. Be prepared to pack an extra pint of blood in the car for the drive back. In all seriousness though….I have always found trips during blackfly season to be a PITA, still went but always ended up cursing at those things more than I would like to.
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