Trip Report
The Old Man and The Mountain
Wednesday June 11, 2014 2:32pm
My best buddy just turned 70 in dog years but just like Donini he is still going strong.

His only problem is that he has started having seizures about once a month. I use to bring him to work with me but I'm worried he might hurt himself while I'm busy so he stays home a lot now.

Now any free time I have I dedicate it to him. He loves the moutains and digs the snow.

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Credit: The Larry

We attempted a peak the other day but got turned back due to too much snow.

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We went for a swim instead.

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The next day we headed up for a different summit.

Haystack Rock just over 11,000ft elevation.

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It's a bunch of loose talus but Slack has four wheel drive and tends not to knock rocks down on me.

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A view of the mountain we tried to climb the day before.

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It took us about an hour and a half to summit.

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Our first summit of the year.
Our first summit of the year.
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Credit: The Larry

Credit: The Larry

Credit: The Larry

On our way down I blew out a flop about a mile or so from the car.

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We got back to the car just as the sun was setting.

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I love this dude. He'll always be my little buddy. May we have many more summits in the future.

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The Larry
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The Larry is a climber from Moab, UT.

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  Jun 11, 2014 - 02:34pm PT
Sweet little beast!

May you have lots and lots more fun in the mountains!


Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
  Jun 11, 2014 - 04:20pm PT
Great stuff, Larry. I can totally appreciate your sentiment.

Oakland, CA
  Jun 11, 2014 - 04:22pm PT
A++++++++. Thank you for that, absolutely loved it. My gal is getting up in age, too, will be 9 this summer. Long may they run!

Dogs = purest of hearts in the history of life on Earth.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Jun 11, 2014 - 04:33pm PT
Cheers to Slack,
(cool name btw)
and the Larry!!!


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Jun 11, 2014 - 04:38pm PT
Keep dragging Larry up the peaks, Slack!

  Jun 11, 2014 - 05:42pm PT
Awesome the Larry.

Sounds like Slack has a great life & a good buddy in you.

I like this alot le Bruce. So true!

Dogs = purest of hearts in the history of life on Earth.

  Jun 11, 2014 - 05:45pm PT
Hands-down the best trip report ever! Thanks for sharing. By the way my password on this site is the name of my husky who passed many years ago.

  Jun 11, 2014 - 06:03pm PT
Sorry about the seizures they are tough to watch. A stray border collie showed up on my doorstep one day that people had dumped. I couldn't figure out why until she started having seizures from Addison's disease.

I was able to manage it for about a year but then I had to have her put down. this on top of having to put down my own dog the year before. nothing has ever hurt that bad except maybe my best friend getting murdered.

I swore I would never do it again but here I am attached to my brothers old dog because I take care of him all the time.

yes there is definitely something about dogs that will bring the softness out of just about anybody

The Good Places
  Jun 11, 2014 - 06:07pm PT
Larry, Slack may be the softest, best looking heeler in the world, after mine of course! All dogs should be so fortunate to own such dedicated and responsive humans. Three cheers for Slack and his human!

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
  Jun 11, 2014 - 06:26pm PT
Nice the Larry!
Slack is very handsome.
So good you have each other.

Trad climber
Betwixt and Between Nederland & Boulder, CO
  Jun 11, 2014 - 07:18pm PT
Thanks for the share, the Larry. Good stuff!
this just in

Justin Ross from North Fork
  Jun 11, 2014 - 08:19pm PT
Funny le Bruce I've always thought my dog was a much better person than myself. This TR made me think of my dog who will also be 9 this year, perfect The Larry. Thanks.

Oh yeah, sorry to hear about your hiking boots.

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Jun 11, 2014 - 08:23pm PT
Beautiful photos and a wonderful friend!

Thank you for the story.

You hiked the fuking mountain in flip-flops????


I am truely impressed.

Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
  Jun 11, 2014 - 08:38pm PT
Great trip!


Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
  Jun 11, 2014 - 08:39pm PT
Good looking dog. Wish him many years of going up peaks with you!

  Jun 11, 2014 - 08:59pm PT
Only see one beer in the pic. Consider Slack might want one as well. Just thinking.
E Robinson

Salinas, CA
  Jun 11, 2014 - 09:39pm PT
Big smile
Flip Flop

Earth Planet, Universe
  Jun 11, 2014 - 10:39pm PT
Respect. My buddy is 13 or 14 now in human years. I cherish every romp. Thanks for sharing the TR. Sorry about the flip flop.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jun 11, 2014 - 10:58pm PT
Awesomeness is upon you both.

Great TR!
Jebus H Bomz

Old West Crackramento
  Jun 11, 2014 - 11:06pm PT
Very nice.
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab or In What Time Zone Am I?
  Jun 11, 2014 - 11:26pm PT
Slack and Larry...a Moab classic!


Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Jun 11, 2014 - 11:34pm PT
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jun 12, 2014 - 04:02am PT
Nice looking dog, does he drink PBR. ?????

Blown flip flop= full on epic!!!!

Sport climber
Made in California
  Jun 12, 2014 - 07:25am PT
That was really quite beautiful, Larry... Thank you for sharing with us.

mike m

Trad climber
black hills
  Jun 12, 2014 - 09:24am PT
Don't need a cooler when there is snow on top. Need to take some boards next time.
Big Mike

Trad climber
  Jun 12, 2014 - 09:34am PT
Very cool Larry!!

I once blew a flop like that coming off the Chief. It was one with the plastic circle holding the strap through a hole in the sole. I managed to cobble it back together with some drink box plasic straws i just happened to have in my bag. I worked.... Kinda... I only buy flops with the strap sewn to the sole now!

Slack is looking good! You're a good human.. I love dogs, but i'm too selfish with my time and don't wanna be a sh!tty human...

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
  Jun 12, 2014 - 09:38am PT
Looks like a great friend to have Larry.

Family comes first!


Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
  Jun 12, 2014 - 10:34am PT
That puppy picture is too cute!
The Larry

Author's Reply  Jun 12, 2014 - 11:56am PT
Thanks for the kind comments everyone.

More puppy pics.

Credit: The Larry

Credit: The Larry

Santa Monica, CA
  Jun 12, 2014 - 09:55pm PT
Awwwww, love doggies and especially heelers and corgis. Great pics, love the puppy shots!
Stewart Johnson

lake forest
  Jun 12, 2014 - 09:59pm PT
Love dogs....

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Jun 12, 2014 - 10:02pm PT
I love those baby Slack pics!
The Larry

Author's Reply  Jun 12, 2014 - 10:11pm PT
I wish I had more Jaybro.

  Jun 13, 2014 - 08:45am PT
My dogs getn old too, but we still get out. Nice TR.

Trad climber
Marcus McCoy from somewhere over the rainbow...
  Jun 13, 2014 - 11:25am PT
damn, totally thought i commented here before. i quite enjoyed this unique TR, cheers.
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab or In What Time Zone Am I?
  Jun 13, 2014 - 11:29am PT
Baby Slack! Baby Slack! Cute Baby Alert!

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