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Fremont Border Collie Colorado

The Dog Ratio Applied

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As the owner of two enthusiastic border collies, it’s extra important that they get out on big adventures on a regular basis. Thus, I have created what I call the “dog ratio” — the number of activities I do with them before I can enjoy a day out without them. Don’t get me wrong, I wish I could take them everywhere but certain activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking and mountaineering are not always dog friendly.Thus I follow this ratio as a golden rule: for every 3 outings with…

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Long live Zeb.

The Most Beautiful Room in the World

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Before it was the most beautiful room in the world, it was a small home office, fashionable and classically designed. Tasteful artwork adorned the walls. Clean, pastel colors gave off a moody, early-dawn feeling when the sun would shine through the generous window. This window looked out upon a modest neighborhood. In the distant corners of the world it framed, one could see far-off mountain tops. And before it became the most beautiful room in the world, the large, unspecified leafy tree beyond the glass would filter the afternoon light…

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Mount Edwards – Goatfinger Couloir Scouting Trip

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On a cool, windy December day Fremont, Mystic and I headed up Stevens Gulch to scout out the Goatfinger Couloir on 13,856 ft. Mount Edwards (and for me to practice my suspect cross-country skiing skills). Many of you have been up this road to hike Grays and Torreys Peaks. It’s a wonderfully barren place in the winter as the access road is closed just off of I-70. We ended up doing 9 miles round trip in about four hours, a good winter’s day out for a pair of high-energy border…

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10 Deals I Made With My Dog

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I’ll never pretend to throw something and not throw it. I know you’re tuned into the chase, it’s lame to not give you a chance to go for it full speed. I’ll never post pictures of you in your cone of shame, should the day come that you need one. The cat is free to swat you at her leisure and you’re not allowed to fight back. Sorry dude, she’s got seniority. If you get in a fight with anyone other than the cat, I’m 100% on your side and…

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Snow Equity

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It was nary but a few weeks ago that my friends and I climbed Tabeguache Peak thanks to the warmest Colorado autumn in recent history. The seasons have begrudgingly begun to turnover and snow is piling up in the high country. This means it’s time to dust off the snowshoes, wax the snowboard and get ready for the fun winter months! A new theme this year is to try and get out year-round, on both the mountain bike and running. I wish Boulder held snow throughout the winter but the fact…

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Happy Birthday #1 to Fremont!

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It’s hard to believe it was a year ago when Fremont’s momma Ziggy began the 7-hour ordeal of popping out puppies like a clown car. Born at Western Border Collie Rescue at the home of fearless leader Tonya, the 11 “J-Pups” (so named to keep their litter birthday tracked at the rescue)  all ended up healthy, happy and in wonderful homes. After being fostered with love and care by Barb B. in Fort Collins, the pups went their separate ways. Luckily, the owners have stayed in touched and several of the…

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Meteors, Mistokles, Mountains & More

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It’s been an eventful few days here. First off, if you haven’t heard on my social media outlets, tonight is a Best Summit Hikes in Colorado slideshow at the REI in Boulder at 7 PM. Besides photos from the book, there’s new information on my upcoming books and projects! If you can’t make it in Boulder there’s a second show in Denver REI at 7 PM on Thursday. I hope to see you there (or if you’re visiting the blog because you were at the show, glad to see you here!)…

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Winter Dog Days

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Even though we have to take it easy until he’s a full grown dog, Fremont has been enjoying some awesome adventures in the wintery Colorado mountains. Last weekend we got to explore Lost Lake with Kim and her friend Heather, this weekend we snuck out to Long Lake/Brainard Lake with Mariah and her border collie Indigo. Other than a few uncomfortable snowballs in the paws, he’s done great and absolutely loves the snow!!

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Bikes, bikes, bikes!

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Closing in on the end of 2009, I’m rather pleased with my biking journal. I was able to get in over 50 days on the mountain bike (a little less than I wanted but still good) and over 200 total days with my bike commutes and road rides. I lost a little bit of ride time from our abnormally wet summer and Talus’ sickness in the spring, but overall I got in a good deal of two wheel time — and there’s still a month left for rides out west!…

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