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Sawyer and Me on the Uncompahgre Peak summitStarting in the summer of
2001, when Sawyer was only
a year old, the two of us set
out on a quest to become the second dog/man team in
history to climb all of
Colorado’s fourteeners. At 24 years old, I had no previous climbing experience, and
hardly any mountaineering
gear. My book, Climbing Colorado’s 14ers With
Sawyer
, chronicles all of our climbs over an eleven year
period. It is a personal
account that shares our
victories and defeats, on and
off of the mountain. Climbing Colorado’s 14ers With
Sawyer
is a book of: fun, fanaticism, frustration, fear, physical and psychological forces, and faith. Our quest
is shared in 352 full color
pages. I have designed, illustrated, photographed,
and written nearly everything
in this book. I also self-
published. The entire project
took fifteen years, and is one
that I believe will be enjoyed
by many. This book is not available in stores. Order
your copy today and read
about our eleven year quest.

The official synopsis reads: Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer chronicles the eleven year quest that a golden retriever named Sawyer, and his owner, Josh, went on in attempts to become the second dog/man team in history to climb all of Colorado's fourteen thousand-foot peaks. This book of adventures tells a tale of: fun, fear, fanaticism, frustration, physicality, fourteeners, and faith.

MORE ON SAWYER'S LIFE & DEATH

Pepper Next to Sawyer's Book Sawyer was an American Golden Retriever. Unlike the English Golden, which tends to have the shorter, boxy, squarish build of a Labrador, Sawyer was long, lean, and tall. Most notable were his long legs, narrow shoulders, and angular shaped head. His coat was thin and sleek, unlike the more common bushy coats often seen in Goldens.

In his prime, Sawyer weighed between 73 and 75 pounds. In his late senior years, he was trimmed down to 65 pounds to make accommodations for his arthritis. Sawyer passed away in 2014 at the age of 14 years and 28 days old. Half of 28 is two 14s. He was, and still is known by all climbers as, Sawyer the 14er Canine. To read about his death (which is not covered in the book), including the online obituary I posted at the time of his passing, click here. WARNING: spoilers.


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