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Dec 31, 2010
I would love to be able to search for dog-friendly areas. Any thoughts about getting this integrated into MP somehow? Thanks! EmilyFox
From Oakland, CA
Joined Dec 1, 2008
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Jan 1, 2011
EmilyFox wrote:
I would love to be able to search for dog-friendly areas. Any thoughts about getting this integrated into MP somehow? Thanks!

There arnt any. Crags are not a petting zoo; leave your dog at home.
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From Hawaii
Joined Feb 2, 2009
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Jan 1, 2011
Stacks of places to bring your dog(s). I have two large dogs and before the aches and pains of aging caught up with them, I would take them to nearly every spot I went. Great dogs that would say hi to people, come back, lay down and watch. Never bark much less get into anyone's anything. It's all in the owner. That said, around Tahoe, Phantom Spires, Sugarloaf, Eagle Lake are fine. Lover's Leap not so much as once the sun comes around, there's nowhere to get much shade. Not too mention the narrow trail at the base. And rattlesnakes. There are more places, but around here those will get you started. Have fun and don't forget their water bowl. MikeI
Joined Oct 22, 2009
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Jan 1, 2011
lots of dog haters around here and for generally good reason; many dogs who hang out at crags are not well behaved. However, I think this is intuitive enough that it doesn't require a search function or anything else of the sort. If the area is remote enough such that it isn't a popular place especially for small kids or large groups and you can at least ensure that your dog won't negatively alter the surroundings or terrorize others, I think most other climbers would deem such an area "dog friendly." You generally can pick up on those things by just reading about the area on here or certainly in its respective guidebook. Eric Kuenstner
From Los Angeles, CA
Joined Aug 7, 2010
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Jan 2, 2011
Obnoxious dogs just like obnoxious people are not welcome at any crag. Folks with too much to say just like dogs should stay at home, but they don't and that spoils it for everyone.

If your dogs are well behaved use common sense and enjoy taking them to the crag.
Euan Cameron
From Mammoth Lakes
Joined Jan 16, 2007
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Jan 2, 2011
TDog wrote:
How much food do they steal? Plenty.

This was great. A few days ago there was a guy climbing a route next to the one I was on. He started yelling, "Get outta there" from halfway up. I looked down and saw two guys walking up the trail with a dog that ran directly to the climber-guy-next-to-me's food and was eating it.

I thought it was hilarious, even though it was pretty ridiculous the dog's owners weren't paying attention.

I like dogs and as long as they're 100% behaved I don't mind them being around.
anarchic utopia
Joined May 18, 2009
5 points
Jan 2, 2011
Personally I think the dogs hanging below the crux on moderate sport climbs yelling "I'm so F'ing pumped" at the top of their lungs should be left at home. Also the dogs with boom boxes dialed up to ear splitting decibels. The large packs of dogs with their crap spread across the approach trails that then stare you down trying to get by, makes me want to piss on their stuff. How about the dog hanging on a route for 10 minutes calling his 4 legged friend to come back, lower the hell down and stop screaming.

When I'm climbing locally I leave my dogs at home, it really isn't much fun for them and dangerous, they don't know what the heck "Rock" means. If we're on a road trip we don't often have the option of not taking them. In those situations they're always on leash, tied up away from the base of the rock, and we either pick up their mess or move it away from any area that somebody may use. We also try to climb at less popular walls if possible.

Face it, Cranial Rectal Insertion is prevalent and not limited to dog owners. It sure would be nice if a swift kick in the neck would dislodge a head up the ass but it seems we're surrounded by shit heads these days.
Ralph Kolva
From Evergreen, CO
Joined Jun 5, 2006
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