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strollingalong
11-01-2010, 01:22
I wonder how easy it may be to take my cat, Archibaldo on the trail the full 2173.452 miles?

Has anyone ever completed a thru with a cat? dogs are the easy option, it would seem.

Bucherm
11-01-2010, 02:14
I vaguely recall there was a dude who took his (Manx) cat on the trail, so it's doable. Just like with dogs there will be areas where you will not be permitted to take it.

Wolf - 23000
11-01-2010, 02:51
In 1990 a hiker by the name Geek hiked the trail with his cat. There were several time he carried his cat in his pack while other times his cat hiked the trail with him. It was great at keeping the mice away.

Wolf

Trailweaver
11-01-2010, 04:11
I should think it would be difficult to keep up with the cat, too. . . they don't tend to "come when called" all the time. Plus, it may not be leash trained, so it could be dangerous in some areas for the cat. Dogs do respond to commands more than cats. Another thing is that you will have to carry the food. . . dogs can take their own packs. Have you considered that it would be difficult for the cat in perhaps weight loss? (A dog could stand to have a bit more weight loss I would think than a cat, in comparison.) Another thing to consider is that a dog could perhaps stand it's ground when confronted by another animal, whereas a cat might not be able to. (Attack by a racoon? Other similar wild animal?)

Torch09
11-01-2010, 04:29
Another thing to consider is that a dog could perhaps stand it's ground when confronted by another animal, whereas a cat might not be able to. (Attack by a racoon? Other similar wild animal?)

I wonder what is the smallest dog anyone has ever hiked with...:-?

I saw a couple of day hikers in the Whites carrying a pair of pomeranians, but they obviously weren't doing more than a few miles. Something like a rat terrier might be useful against the mice, but like you mentioned, wild animals could pose a risk.

max patch
11-01-2010, 07:00
Its rare, but occasionally you'll see pussy on the trail.

Marta
11-01-2010, 07:32
In '06 there was a father-daughter pair hiking the Trail. When I ran into them in Maine, the girl had a cat riding on her pack.

I also met a NOBO in Grayson Highlands who had found and adopted a tiny kitten a few days earlier.

I don't know how either trip turned out.

Crazy Larry #1
11-01-2010, 07:50
I wonder how easy it may be to take my cat, Archibaldo on the trail the full 2173.452 miles?

Has anyone ever completed a thru with a cat? dogs are the easy option, it would seem.
and i thought this was going to be a thread about, well you know, dang..............:D

Toolshed
11-01-2010, 08:19
YES!!!!!!!!:sun:sun:sun

(Disclaimer, I did not read anything but the thread title, but I unanimously agree with it and support it wholeheartedly)

StorminMormon
11-01-2010, 10:09
and i thought this was going to be a thread about, well you know, dang..............:D

Ha ha ha, I know. Major disappointment for a Monday morning. Oh well.

StorminMormon
11-01-2010, 10:11
I'm waiting for one of our fellow lady hikers to start an equally titillating thread. Perhaps one of them is interested in taking a Rooster on a hike. Mostly as a food supplement measure, I'm sure.

Being from South Carolina, I'm fully licensed to use the "C" word (GameCocks).

strollingalong
11-01-2010, 10:42
after three games of football and much beer and chips that seemed like a good idea! ha

StorminMormon
11-01-2010, 10:44
It still is. I'm just going to keep commenting to keep this thread at the top of the "New Posts" page. Ha ha ha.

Spirit Walker
11-01-2010, 10:59
The smallest dog I know of is a beagle that was with one of the early hikers mentioned in the Rodale books. He made it the whole way. One of the biggest I saw on my second hike was a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. He had to be carried over the bad rocky bits in NY and NH. Since he weighed around 100 lbs, that wasn't easy. OTOH, I've seen several big labs who did the trail with little trouble - but they liked to climb.

One problem with a cat is there are so many dogs on the trail now. When Geek and Ziggy hiked, there were fewer hikers and thus fewer dogs. I can see things getting pretty chaotic if you tried to bring a cat into a shelter with dogs or v.v.

BrianLe
11-01-2010, 11:12
There was a fellow hiking the trail with an iguana this year, carrying it on a very large pack with a sort of canvas flap over it to give the iguana something to sink its claws into. I ran into him at the Mayor's place in Unionville, got a picture with the iguana (http://postholer.com/journal/viewJournal.php?sid=95c4ebe9839982c9748e500c9d5bc1 3e&entry_id=15299) to prove it.

I don't imagine a cat is necessarily much heavier than this iguana, so if you had a fairly sedentary feline (and aren't so many of them just that?), I suppose it could work. Or it could provide unlooked-for diversion as you wandered the woods calling for your cat after something spooked it, only to eventually find some fur, collar, and bones or whatever the coyote left. While I realize this is unsolicited, my personal opinion is that your housecat would be a whole lot happier at home.

You might also encounter difficulties getting your cat from la ciudad de Mexico (D.F.) into the U.S. ... no verdad?!? Or at least I would have guessed there would be some quarantine period or something along that line.

DapperD
11-01-2010, 11:15
I wonder how easy it may be to take my cat, Archibaldo on the trail the full 2173.452 miles?

Has anyone ever completed a thru with a cat? dogs are the easy option, it would seem.Since the majority of cats are considered rugged individualists, don't be surprised if he decides to go solo and finish alone:sun

scope
11-01-2010, 11:30
I'm waiting for one of our fellow lady hikers to start an equally titillating thread. Perhaps one of them is interested in taking a Rooster on a hike. Mostly as a food supplement measure, I'm sure.

Being from South Carolina, I'm fully licensed to use the "C" word (GameCocks).

Beat Florida!

Anyway, more on topic, while I think it would be cool to have mine around, the whole HYOH thing would be out the window and soon become the cat's hike, which no doubt would include a trip up a tree - for both of us.

Luddite
11-01-2010, 12:04
I wonder how easy it may be to take my cat, Archibaldo on the trail the full 2173.452 miles?

Has anyone ever completed a thru with a cat? dogs are the easy option, it would seem.

That would be cool bringing a cat but what if he runs away or gets lost? He'll keep you up in shelters running around killing mice all night too. In the book AWOL on the Appalachian Trail he mentions a guy who thru hiked with his cat. I've also met a hobo who brings his cat with him on freight trains.

veteran
11-01-2010, 13:49
In 1990 a hiker by the name Geek hiked the trail with his cat. There were several time he carried his cat in his pack while other times his cat hiked the trail with him. It was great at keeping the mice away.

Wolf



Ziggy and Jim Adams (Geek)


http://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/files/2/9/0/7/Geek.jpg

http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showpost.php?p=775407&postcount=19

Datto
11-02-2010, 20:08
Since the majority of cats are considered rugged individualists, don't be surprised if he decides to go solo and finish alone:sun

HYOP.

Datto

PS: Tiger Woods.

SMSP
11-02-2010, 22:21
Its rare, but occasionally you'll see pussy on the trail.

I wonder if his pussy is one of those thick bush ones, or is it one of those hairless pussies?:eek:

Would that make a difference on the trail?:-?

SMSP

BAG "o" TRICKS
11-03-2010, 11:17
Ziggy and Jim Adams (Geek)


http://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/files/2/9/0/7/Geek.jpg

http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showpost.php?p=775407&postcount=19

That ain't no little cat on Geek's pack. And you know what that say; "a big cat can kill you, but a little pussy won't hurt anyone".

SMSP
11-04-2010, 10:39
Funny, this thread has only 21-22 posts, but over 1000 views.

SMSP

Indiana Gus
11-04-2010, 13:31
I am not a 100 % on this but I believe the first cat to do the trail was named Ziggy.

greenmtnboy
11-04-2010, 16:50
The thread could have been titled, "hiking with cats/kittens". The only animal I have ever seen someone hiking with is a dog.

GeneralLee10
11-04-2010, 22:23
What's funny is that someone can say PORN Industry in a thread and it gets deleted. But someone can say pussy and it's all good.

Hmmmm..... I wonder if they are eating a snickers bar right now. Or maybe just maybe sitting on it.

I can only laugh... Pfff:D

StormBird
11-04-2010, 23:24
There was a guy this year that completed a hike with a kitten. I hiked around him here and there and he had no problems with the kitten running away. It stayed nearby him all the time. It rode on his pack most of the time but would hike the trail a bit each day. So, it's possible.

BAG "o" TRICKS
11-05-2010, 10:02
What's funny is that someone can say PORN Industry in a thread and it gets deleted. But someone can say pussy and it's all good.

Hmmmm..... I wonder if they are eating a snickers bar right now. Or maybe just maybe sitting on it.

I can only laugh... Pfff:D

Saw a jackass on the trail once.., come to think of it.., maybe more than once;)

4eyedbuzzard
11-06-2010, 09:54
http://www.motifake.com/image/demotivational-poster/1002/miscommunication-alf-cat-vagina-pussy-phone-sex-alien-demotivational-poster-1265197630.jpg

Skidsteer
11-06-2010, 18:49
Funny, this thread has only 21-22 posts, but over 1000 views.

SMSP

Kinda like threads in the female hiking forum.

oldbear
11-06-2010, 21:43
Man I hope that you can climb trees as well a seriously spooked cat can But if you can't then it could be quite a while until he figures out how to get down on his own accord

C Seeker
11-06-2010, 21:59
I have never heard of someone hiking with a cat on the trail...thats crazy

Tinker
11-07-2010, 00:19
I have never heard of someone hiking with a cat on the trail...thats crazy
See post #22 :).
Ziggy not only hiked the AT (well, Jim carried him almost all the way), but he canoed a long stretch of the Mississippi River, and even caught his own fish, (or so I have read), and he was the best mouse trap on the trail that year.

DinnerFer2
11-07-2010, 01:05
This summer near little rock pond in VT I met a girl hiking northbound. She was carrying a kitten on the top of her pack. She had found it in Virginia and was taking it to her parent's house in Maine. The cat appeared happy and in good health.

on_the_GOEZ
11-07-2010, 02:57
My best friend and I pulled a 27 miler to set us up to walk into Damascus early the next morning on a Spring Break '09 section. When we got to the shelter that night we found Degoba (about 12 beers deep) and his Dachshund (rAT dog). He said the dog was a great hiking dog but couldnt get over my friends 39 pound boston terrier. Maybe it was the beer talking. Either way, Trail dogs come in all shapes and sizes, so long as they are trained well, imho.

Luckily, he hadnt drank them all and had three left.

thelowend
11-07-2010, 03:09
What's funny is that someone can say PORN Industry in a thread and it gets deleted. But someone can say pussy and it's all good.

Hmmmm..... I wonder if they are eating a snickers bar right now. Or maybe just maybe sitting on it.

I can only laugh... Pfff:D

Well here goes... PORNPORNPORN! :banana:banana:banana

thelowend
11-07-2010, 03:10
I have never heard of someone hiking with a cat on the trail...thats crazy

So is hiking 2000 miles!

Jim Adams
11-07-2010, 23:27
WOW!
I haven't been on WB since June ...logged on and see a cat topic.
Ziggy and I hiked the AT in 1990. He hiked the first 30 miles but then found a home on top of my pack. He did the entire trail except the Smokies and Baxter. On the trail he ate dry cat food that I carried...in town he had a can of moist cat food everyday and at the shelters he ate hundreds if not thousands of mice in those 6 months. He grew up camping, thought that he was a dog, liked to swim, came when I called him and would sit on command. Oh yeah...he only weighed 3# at Springer but 14# at Baxter.
If you insist on taking your cat, call me and I will give you as much advice as I can but my primary advice is to leave him home...he will be safer and you will still have a happy kitty when you get home....Ziggy already had 2000 miles and 6 months of canoe camping before we hit the trail...he was not your normal cat.

geek

strollingalong
11-07-2010, 23:45
hell yes. that musta been amazing. Seems like there's a ton of pussy out there after all.

My lil fella's a Mexican anyway. It'd be harder than getting a transit visa for my girlfriend. I.e not possible unless you jump your bare bum through flaming hoops of stupidness.

mkmangold
11-08-2010, 01:53
Funny, this thread has only 21-22 posts, but over 1000 views.

SMSP

The not-clever allusion to vaginas draws viewers. But really, that Alf quote is hilarious.

strollingalong
11-08-2010, 01:57
The not-clever allusion to vaginas draws viewers. But really, that Alf quote is hilarious.

and which would be the clever allusion to vaginas?

4eyedbuzzard
11-09-2010, 01:26
and which would be the clever allusion to vaginas?
I'm guessing panty hampster isn't it either?

Lilred
11-09-2010, 09:14
I hiked with a guy for awhile who had a daschund. The dog's trailname was LP for Low Profile.....this was back in '06 or '07

Carbo
11-13-2010, 11:29
Couldn't think of a caption for this one (at least one that wouldn't be deleted):).


http://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/files/2/6/5/3/7/aug_2010_001.jpg

veteran
11-14-2010, 10:37
Camping Cat

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1259/1459013889_a730fe2d53.jpg?v=0

Ender
11-14-2010, 12:34
I love this photo.



Camping Cat

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1259/1459013889_a730fe2d53.jpg?v=0

Pedaling Fool
11-14-2010, 16:21
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/11/AR2010111104952.html?wpisrc=nl_most


Good video of article http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2010/11/11/VI2010111104784.html

wvgrinder
11-15-2010, 09:14
I'm thinking of taking my pet mouse along for my 2011 hike. Do you think he'll be welcome in the shelters? :D

4eyedbuzzard
11-15-2010, 09:17
I'm thinking of taking my pet mouse along for my 2011 hike. Do you think he'll be welcome in the shelters? :D

Yeah, by my cat. :D

veteran
11-15-2010, 10:06
Awww to Hell with it, I'm gonna take a Zero


http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/uimages/la/090808petcamp-02.jpg