Episode 97 | Backpacking with Dogs
Feb 5, 2024 at 5:00 am #3803235Backpacking LightAdmin
@backpackinglightLocale: Rocky Mountains
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In episode 97 of the Backpacking Light podcast we’re going to learn what it’s like to hike with your dog in the backcountry.Feb 5, 2024 at 11:29 am #3803259Ryan JordanAdmin
@ryanLocale: Central Rockies
All pooped out after a long day on the trail, Medicine Bow Range, Wyoming:Feb 5, 2024 at 12:03 pm #3803263Terran TerranBPL Member
I carry Stella and Chewy’s raw freeze dried dinner patties as a treat and for extra protein. They can be a little expensive to use for meals as are the high protein dog foods. I switch back and forth. I mix it up at home so there’s no change on the trail.
My dogs don’t want to go very far. They’ll go a few miles. Really fast if I let them. Then they need a good break.
I found the Ruffwear pack ill fitting and it was too hot. I bought a Saker which I haven’t used yet. A bit heavier, but well built and looks like it will breath better. I can remove the bags and carry them. I can attach the harness to a rescue sling, though she’d be hard to carry by myself.
I carry all the food. It goes in the Ursack anyway. Less chance of it getting wet. I just keep a few things I want handy.
I carry long nose pliers around cactus. The dogs will step on it, then they try to bite at it. I get a much better grip with pliers and I don’t get stuck in the process.
Great interview. Not all dogs are cut out for it. You have to hike your dog’s hike, which isn’t a bad way to go anyway.
Thank you.Feb 5, 2024 at 12:35 pm #3803269
I hike and daily walk Pickle a 56 lb blue healer. If we don’t get 5 plus miles a day he is annoying. I carry his gear,food. Great partner for me, loyal ,obedient , Velcro dog ,never tired. Always wants to share my food and I give in . I’m pretty sure he is smarter than me .
thomFeb 5, 2024 at 1:04 pm #3803270Feb 5, 2024 at 3:52 pm #3803282nunatakBPL Member
My ten year old McNab ready to get a rope assist on the last part of a multi-tiered climb up from the river.
This was on an unsupported 15 day canyon trip back in November, where he needed 8 lbs of food. Given his age I allowed him to haul five pounds on day one. He’s 38 lbs, and a slender, grey hound-like cattle dog with a short coat. Doesn’t shed, smell or slobber but needs lots of exercise. Also a Velcro dog. Gets cold very easy, hence the dog bivy we developed.Feb 6, 2024 at 6:57 am #3803294
I have had so many wonderful canine hiking companions over the years. If only their lives weren’t so short!
In Zelda’s last summer, she had a new big young friend to carry her food and gear and share body heat.Feb 6, 2024 at 6:57 am #3803295
Accidental double post, not sure what happened.Feb 6, 2024 at 7:06 am #3803296
And if you’ll forgive a nostalgic post, here are some photos from a short trip in 2008 that I will never forget. My once-in-a-lifetime dog, Rosie, was 12, Piper was 6, and Lola was only about 5 months old, IIRC. I took them for a two-night early season trip as a trial run. Poor Piper had all the food, but Rosie carried some light gear like their fleeces. It went well, and we had some great trips that year. It was Rosie’s last backpacking summer, by the next year, she was just doing short walks and hikes on local trails.Feb 7, 2024 at 9:04 am #3803381Mark FerwerdaBPL Member
Just listened to this and I thought it was enjoyable and worthwhile. I don’t have a dog but I’ve often thought it would be nice to have a “buddy”.
Ryan – FYI: I’ve noticed that on some BPL podcasts, the audio is barely loud enough (and sometimes not). I have a hearing loss so part of that is me. I turn the volume up all the way. In this case, I could hear Dave fine, but I often I could not hear you clearly. Anybody else have this issue?Feb 12, 2024 at 1:52 pm #3803740Chase JordanModerator
@chasemilo99-2Locale: Northeast US
Thanks for letting us know about your podcast issues! I’ve looked at addressing this, but can’t do so without adding electronic distortion to the sound for this episode. It should be fixed in epsiode 98 though! Please do let us know if you run into any further issues!Feb 12, 2024 at 4:06 pm #3803762Mark FerwerdaBPL Member
Thanks!Feb 14, 2024 at 12:30 pm #3803855solitoneBPL Member
Iride and Skye are always with me in the mountains. They ‘re my true friends and companions. Last summer we hiked the Alta Via nr. 1 in Aosta Valley, Italy. We were out for 11 days. It was so great we shared this experience together.Feb 14, 2024 at 2:59 pm #3803861nunatakBPL Member
Okay, that’s a good hiking dog video! Turned the captions off and enjoyed the Italian language instead, picking out words I remembered from my many summers in the alps.Feb 15, 2024 at 6:33 am #3803910solitoneBPL Member
so nice somebody knows Italian and the Alps!
Anyhow, I want to comment on dog poop. On multi days trips I also dig it like Dave. But on shorter day hikes I carry it with me in a green bag.
I have also left the green bag on the side of a trail on occasions, but only when I know that I’ll come back from that same path.Feb 20, 2024 at 2:52 pm #3804293Stephen MBPL Member
I’ve hiked with three different border collies over fifteen years. Each of them was smart, athletic, and had great endurance. Once I mountain biked a fire road in the White Mountains of NH which was up and down hill. I beat them downhill and they beat me uphill. We did 20 miles in several hours. It was the first and only time that I had to lift them into the back of my vehicle. While biking on rails-to-trails I can go 15 mph and they can keep up with for me for at least 5 miles. Their obedience was perfect and wonderful with me and people. My current dog needs training to get along with other dogs, but he’s the exception among the 3 I’ve had.
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