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THE FIRES & THE SKIES & THE DOGS Monday, September 24, 2018

I’m not sure how many people have noticed, or cared, or cared to notice, but the past two summers have presented ugly skies in August. The mass amount of fires in the western states have polluted the air so much that several hiking and climbing friends of mine have cancelled trips and complained about breathing quality at altitude. One of my climbing friends said his experience this August on one particular day above tree line was “like smoking a pack of cigarettes.” He, Scott, was speaking of his trip with his dog, Poudre, on Mount Evans (14,264’).

I did not hike or climb in August this year. My wife and I did a bit of hiking in the Estes Park area in June and July, however. But the skies were not the skies I knew for years. From Greeley, Colorado I could not even see the front range for at least half of the month of August. Breathing quality was terrible and several local schools cancelled practices for football, cross country, and other outdoor sporting events because of concern for kids’ health. My friend, Scott, ended up cancelling our hiking trip on Saint Vrain Mountain due to his ugly experience on Mount Evans mentioned above. This extremely poor air quality not only affects humans, but dogs as well. Take this into consideration when bringing your dog on a climbing trip during these hot, polluted months. The soot, ash and other toxins in the air are, well, toxic to you and your dog.

So what to do then? September, which in days will be over, has oddly turned into the better month to climb. The past two Septembers have been hotter with much clearer skies than normal. The mountains in Colorado have received less snow and climbers have had more time to reach the tops of Colorado’s fourteeners with friends, family and four-legged canine companions. If the trend continues, expect August of 2019 to be terrible, polluted and unbreathable. And potentially expect September of 2019 to be hot, clear and virtually free of snow high up at altitude. Pick your time and pick your poison. No pun intended. But leave your dog at home if the fire in the sky remains burning.

WELCOME TO THE OLD BLOGS PAGE Friday, June 1, 2018 *UPDATED 6.8.18*

As the main blog page on 14ercanine.com has continued to grow month by month, it became necessary to migrate older blogs elsewhere. Instead of deleting older blogs, they will be migrating here. Old book sales events, previous book signings, outdated and irrelevant material, as well as less significant blogs will continue to be added. You can return to the main Blog page here, or by clicking on the small photo of Sawyer in the upper left of this page. The photo sits below the CONTACT button and contains a hover feature.

DO TELL: GREELEY'S VERSION OF TED TALKS Thursday, October 5, 2017

Do Tell LogoHave you ever heard of Ted Talks? My guess is you probably have. “Do Tell! – Greeley Voices that Inspire” is similar in nature. Eight local presenters are given the opportunity to share their compelling stories in front an audience at the Hensel Phelps Theater in Greeley, Colorado. The stories are not the work of professional presenters, but are based upon the experiences of real people who have been selected through an audition process to tell their story. Speakers will offer an array of topics with personal and unique perspectives that have had a significant impact on the storyteller’s life.

Do Tell Screenshot of Josh Aho A short 24 second impromptu clip about my presentation can be viewed at this link on YouTube.

Do Tell takes place November 16, 2017, at the Union Colony Civic Center. You can learn more about the event by viewing the Do Tell website. The Greeley Creative District will update the website for the November presenters and ticket sales.

PRESENTATION: RED FEATHER LAKES COMMUNITY LIBRARY Saturday, June 10, 2017

Red Feather Lakes Community Library BuildingOn Saturday, June 24th, Red Feather Lakes Community Library will be hosting me as I present from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Stenzel Room. The first half hour will cover my book, while the second half will focus on canine climbing safety as well as backcountry packing with your dog. Of course, questions are welcome! Come and enjoy the beautiful Red Feather Lakes Library, as well as the surrounding scenery. Books will be available for sale.

Also, a big thank you to Jill Reynolds of Canine Massage of the Rockies, and host of KRFC's Critter Patter show, for recommending me as a speaker. I will be writing a blog in the next few weeks about Jill, her search and rescue dog, Skid, as well as her company. Don't miss it!

And lastly, a HUGE thank you to Jeanette Heath and Creed of the Red Feather Lakes Library for supporting this project by including Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer in the library there. This is the second library system to include the book. Go to the Red Feather Lakes Community Library website to learn more about their facility, and to read more about the upcoming presentation on Saturday, June 24th at 1:00 p.m. You can also visit the RFLCL Facebook page to follow updates and postings pertaining to this event. See you there, and I hope you enjoy!

BOOKS & BREWS EVENT AT WELDWERKS BREWING Saturday, April 29, 2017

Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer Book GiftOn Sunday, May 7th Books and Brews is BACK! Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer will be available for sale at the event. Weldwerks in downtown Greeley will be hosting, and the High Plains Library District is bringing a full day of book-centric greatness! There will be a silent reading meetup/party, pub quiz, and local authors. I'll be one of the authors. High Plains Library District has 250+ books to giveaway of brand new, beautiful, current titles. Good stuff, too! My book, as of now, is not on the giveaway list from what I've been told. But, that may change. Stay tuned and attend for lots of fun. See you there.

HIGH PLAINS LIBRARY DISTRICT INCLUDES SAWYER'S BOOK Friday, March 10, 2017

High Plains Library District logoI wanted to thank the High Plains Library District, Victoria Boone, and all who supported the Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer book project by including it in this excellent library system. HPLD is the first library network in Colorado to include the book in its lineup, making it available to all members. It is an honor and privilege. If you would like to check out the book, the search done here will allow you to do so. The book is processing, but will be available soon. High Plains Library District: Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer

THE NEW YEAR: SETTING & REACHING YOUR GOALS Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer Book Back CoverEach new year brings new goals. For climbers, as well as their canine counterparts, it presents new opportunities to reach heights not attained before. When setting goals for your upcoming climbing year, consider these three things. 1: Are my dog and I MENTALLY prepared to tackle the goals set? 2: Do we have the necessary GEAR to help us reach those goals? 3: Have I STUDIED the routes and RESEARCHED the mountains well enough to give not only myself, but also my dog, the best chance to succeed? Many times it is easy to forget these key elements. Most climbers remember the gear, but forget that having it does not equate to mental preparation and strength. And of course, research is SO vital. Seeing photos from trips, reading posts, researching websites, studying books, learning from the successes and failures of others, and so forth are all great ways to gear up. Ultimately, these considerations are left up to you. For those lacking mental preparedness, your success may come at the even greater cost of injury or loss of life to your dog.

A GREAT GIFT IDEA: CHRISTMAS OR BIRTHDAY Monday, December 12, 2016

Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer Book GiftClimbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer has been a popular gift idea for loved ones on both Christmas and birthdays. Last year it was selected by the Fort Collins Coloradoan as one of 10 Cool Gifts For The Active & Outdoorsy. You can either arrange to pick it up or have it shipped. Shipping takes about three days to any location in the continental U.S. The book is a great resource for those that enjoy outdoor adventures with their dog. It is also a fun read for those that simply love dogs, the outdoors, the fourteeners or Colorado in general.

THE WINTER BLUES Thursday, December 8, 2016

It's been a while since I've posted and even longer it seems since I've been in the mountains. And how I miss it! The smells, the scenery, and the solitude. Wow! In today's world it is difficult, if not nearly impossible to escape the chaos of daily life. When Sawyer was alive, the winter months were a time for us to shut down the mountaineering operation and focus on other aspects of life. Rarely did we tackle anything of significance in the winter, and never did we attempt any fourteeners during these months. In the upcoming weeks and months, I'll concentrate on gearing up for 2017. The blog spots here will focus on supplies and goods, as well as training techniques you and your canine companion can use to help have a successful summer climbing season in 2017. Stay tuned!

14ER CANINE MAP POSTER PRINTS? Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer MapI was recently asked if I sell the map pictured in Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer. I am currently investigating resizing the map to a poster size of approximately 2 feet by 3 feet, as well as getting it printed in bulk. This is a project I'm trying to gauge interest in to see whether time, effort, and costs are worth the investment. If you have any interest in purchasing a larger version of the map shown here, which is also seen in Sawyer's book, please email me or call me using the information on the contact page.

BOOKS TO SELL AT HOME & GARDEN SHOW THIS WEEKEND Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Come to the Tribune Home & Garden Show at Island Grove (N 14th Ave) in Greeley this weekend and stop by Tiffany's Paws In The Kitchen Dog Treats booth to say "hi" to us. Tiffany will be selling her excellent homemade dog treats that will make your dog smile, and I will have my book, Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer, also available for purchase. The show is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (March 11, 12, & 13). There are no entry fees. Parking is also free. We will be in the north building toward the back in the pets section. If you do not want to buy treats or a book, stop by the booth next to us and adopt a dog from the Humane Society.

WRITE A BOOK REVIEW OF SAWYER'S BOOK! Monday, February 29, 2016

If you would like to write a book review of Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer, it would be greatly appreciated. The more reviews that are out there, the more it helps those interested in reading the book get a feel for it. If you have enjoyed reading and viewing my book, and would like to write a review of it, you have two options. Option one is write up a review, send it my way, and I'll post it to my blog. Option two, however, might be simpler. Go to the Google Books link here, click on Write a review, and sign into your email to write your review! Help me by telling others you got the book at www.14ercanine.com! Google Books Review: Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer.

WHO PRINTED SAWYER'S BOOK? Monday, January 25, 2016

Star Print Brokers logo Since my book has been published, I have occasionally received the question, "Who printed your book?" Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer was printed in South Korea by Star Print Brokers. The company is run by Edward and Nancy Starkman. Both are VERY kind and extremely helpful. Anyone printing a book, be it a self-publisher like me or a large company, should check into Star Print Brokers. They are great. If you are interested in printing a book with Star Print Brokers and would like more information, you can read my review of them here.

GREELEY WESLEYAN HOLIDAY ART/CRAFT FESTIVAL Monday, November 2, 2015

I will be selling books at Greeley Wesleyan Church (3600 W 22nd St, Greeley, CO 80634) on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6 during the Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival. Stop by the event to purchase a signed copy of Climbing Colorado's 14ers With Sawyer! Find the book at the Paws In The Kitchen By Tiffany homemade dog treats booth.

ANNUAL STITCHES IN TIME QUILT & CRAFT SHOW Thursday, October 22, 2015

I will be selling books at the Quilt & Craft Show on Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, CO (616 N 2nd St). My fiancée will be selling her homemade Paws In The Kitchen By Tiffany dog treats as well. Stop by the booth and see us.

BOOK REVIEWS COMING! Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Over the next few days, weeks, and months I will be adding some book reviews, from customers, to this blog. Reviews will include links to articles and/or blogs, and may also include some photos of climbers and their dogs. If you would like to be seen on this page, contact me with your review. I currently have two reviews that I hope to get up on this page within the next few days.

2015 CRAFT & GIFT SHOW Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The 2015 Tribune Craft & Gift Show this past weekend was a lot of fun. I was able to meet some new people and sell some books through my fiancée's (Tiffany's) booth. I will be attending another event in Johnstown, CO later this month on Saturday, October 24th. Stay tuned for more details.

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