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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Beau's First 4000 Footer

Beau is my third hiking partner. I've already worn out a my dad's dog and my wife.

Beau is a rescue dog. Today he has been with us a week. He came thanks to eskiesonline which is a great organization.

It is has been tough with Beau he is a totally different creature from Romeo who is sometimes seems more like a kitty cat. He's run off picked fights with romeo, pepper (my dad's dog) and super soakered my parent's living room with urine.

We have glimpses of his past but it appears he always wants to be the alpha dog and has issues with control, napoleon complex, etc. But some folks would say that is my problem as well. So we'll try to age gracefully together.

I needed Mt Liberty and Flume in April for my hiking bucket list aka the grid. I thought it would be a good place to start Beau as the approach is long and gradual and once you get up to the ridge it is not steep as well.

We parked at the Appalachian parking lot just off of I-93 and set off in gusts and mixed rain/snow. The day was typical of new england weather on April 23 we had heavy gusting winds and depending on the elevation 2-5 inches of blowing snow..

There had been some people who had been out and back about a mile on the trail that leads to Liberty Springs. So we got a free ride acquiring the trail. I was using a retractable lease which Beau seemed to appreciate as it allowed him to run back and forth the distance between us. It appeared that no one had been up the trail past a certain point but we met a solitary woman hiker coming down. The weather had been active enough that there was no trace of her tracks going up.

We made the long trip up Mt. Liberty. The snow pack sometimes call the mono rail (as the snow starts to melt away) was quite solid and I stuck with katoola micro spike all the way up.

Unfortunately Beau had the bad habit of chewing leashes and when I stopped just before the summit to change into dry clothes for the trek across mt liberty and over to flume and back Beau decide to chew off his leash. Luckily I had dummy corded the handle of the leash to my pack with some paracord. So after catching him thankfully at 4000 feet plus he did not run off. I tied my self to Beau and we summited Mt Liberty, I decided to fore go flume we'll get it another day. He seems happy enough with the wind mussing up his hair:

So have you ever seen one of the movies where two guys are handcuffed together. That was what my current situation was like with Beau. So I decided one peak was enough and we headed down. Beau's pulling and pulling me into a couple of stream beds just about got the better of me but fortunately we got back to the car ok.

Unfortunately when I got to the car there were fresh tracks around the outside of the car. No window were broken but I had a funny feeling. I tend to listen to those feelings both in the woods and here in business and it helps. So somehow someone had gotten into the car took the cash out of my wallet and left the credit cards. So I admit I'm an idiot I leave my wallet in the little compartment above the radio (for the last time). While driving home I canceled the cards and took some other steps to protect myself.

All in All Beau's First 4000 footer was eventful! And Beau slept well last night

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jdlvtrn said...

Have had Alaskan Malamutes for 42 years, and am a great admirer of all the spitz/dingo/pariah types. They more often represent the start of domestication, and do not have the diminished, diluted, or specialized behaviors of other breeds. Nor are they easy to impress, which is why rescue and placement call for more than love and patience. Try to start with Cesar Millan books, or if you have the courage, an old copy of William Koehler's books. This comment will invite howls of protest, but the truth is not politically correct, and neither, apparently, is Beau at this point.

Barre Army Navy Store said...

Thank you. We'll let you know how things turn out.

H Walker said...

You will be doing the both of you a favor, giving up on the retractable, and use a LONG Lead 30' foot or so.
sled dog trainers use devices like the retractable to strengthen pulling on harness's

Barre ArmyNavy said...

Beau has retired as a hiking dog after getting his New Hampshire 48 4000 footers. He is still full of the dickens but has been a great dog and friend.