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Meet Simon

Ray and Simon on the summit of Snowmass Mountain!

Simon’s Bio:

Sex: Male

Breed: Border Collie & Chow mix

Birthday: July 4, 2002

Neutered :(

Likes: Food, bones, raw diet, sniffing other dog’s butts, hiking, food, mountaineering, climbing 14ers, snowshoeing (okay he really does not wear snowshoes, but he loves the snow), trail running, going for car rides.

Dislikes: Fireworks, thunder, lightning.

Brief History:   Simon was rescued by the Denver Dumb Friends League from La Junta, Colorado.  He and his five brothers and sisters were brought to Denver for adoption, and that is how we meet.  Simon was about three months old when I adopted him and he had some emotional scars to overcome.  It appears that he may have been mistreated as a puppy.

Our first year together we  had a private dog trainer (actually a people trainer since she really trained me) help us with our goal of teaching Simon to be well behaved off leash on the trails.  By the time of Simon’s first birthday on July 4, 2003 we were prepared to climb our first 14er together, La Plata Peak.  Every Fourth of July thereafter we have been on the summit of a Colorado 14er.  Simon has climbed more of the Colorado 14ers than most people I know. Simon also has climbed some of the 14ers that are deemed too technical for dogs: Crestone Peak, East Crestone Peak, and Snowmass Mountain.

Climbing Resume: Here is a list of the mountains that Simon has summited. Yah, count em up; he has climbed 45 14ers and Elbert three times!

Peak Name Date Climbed Number of 14ers Simon Climbed Elevation in Feet Rank
La Plata Peak July 4, 2003 1 14,343 5
Huron Peak July 5, 2003 2 14,012 59
Blanca Peak August 9, 2003 3 14,349 4
Ellingwood Point August 16, 2003 4 14,049 48
Mount Lindsey August 17, 2003 5 14,047 49
Uncompahgre Peak September 3, 2003 6 14,314 7
Handies Peak September 4, 2003 7 14,053 46
Redcloud Peak September 4, 2003 8 14,037 52
Sunshine Peak September 4, 2003 9 14,006 61
San Luis Peak September 5, 2003 10 14,019 56
Mount Evans July 3, 2004 11 14,270 13
Mount Bierstadt July 3, 2004 12 14,065 44
Mount Spalding July 3, 2004 13,842
Castle Peak July 4, 2004 13 14,265 15
Conundrum Peak July 4, 2004 14 14,012 60
Grays Peak July 10, 2004 15 14,279 10
Torreys Peak July 10, 2004 16 14,272 12
Quandary Peak July 17, 2004 17 14,265 14
Mount Lincoln August 4, 2004 18 14,291 9
Mount Bross August 4, 2004 19 14,177 25
Mount Democrat August 4, 2004 20 14,152 32
Mount Yale August 28, 2004 21 14,204 23
Cameron September 4, 2004 22 14,238 19
Pikes Peak September 9, 2004 23 14,115 36
Mount Sneffels July 4, 2005 24 14,155 31
Mount Columbia August 6, 2005 25 14,079 41
Mount Belford September 4, 2005 26 14,205 22
Mount Oxford September 5, 2005 27 14,160 30
Mount Princeton September 17, 2005 28 14,205 21
Mount Shavano September 24, 2005 29 14,236 20
Tabeguache Peak September 24, 2005 30 14,162 28
Mount Harvard June 10, 2006 31 14,427 3
Point June 10, 2006 13,374
Point June 10, 2006 13,242
Missouri Mountain July 2, 2006 32 14,073 42
Emerald Peak July 2, 2006 13,904
Iowa Peak July 2, 2006 13,831
Mount Massive July 3, 2006 33 14,428 2
South Massive July 3, 2006 34 14,132 35
Point July 3, 2006 13,630
Mount Elbert July 4, 2006 35 14,440 1
South Elbert July 4, 2006 36 14,134 34
Bull Hill July 4, 2006 13,761
Mount Antero July 8, 2006 37 14,276 11
Mount Sherman July 4, 2007 38 14,040 50
Mount of the Holy Cross August 11, 2007 39 14,012 58
Point August 11, 2007 13,831
South Arapahoe Peak June 1, 2008 13,397
Mount Elbert June 21, 2008 2x 14,440 1
Humboldt Peak July 4, 2008 40 14,069 43
Crestone Peak July 5, 2008 41 14,298 8
East Creatone Peak July 5, 2008 42 14,260 17
Challenger Point July 4, 2009 43 14,084 40
Snowmass Mountain September 19, 2009 44 14,096 37
North Massive July 4, 2010 45 14,340 6
Mount Elbert July 21, 2010 3x 14,440 1
Crestone Needle Might try in early spring 14,201 24
Longs Peak No dogs allowed 14,261 16
Mount Wilson Too Technical for pups 14,250 18
Kit Carson Mountain Too Technical for pups 14,169 26
El Diente Peak Too Technical for pups 14,164 27
Maroon Peak Too Technical for pups 14,162 29
Capitol Peak Too Technical for pups 14,141 33
Little Bear Peak Too Technical for pups 14,040 51
Wilson Peak Too Technical for pups 14,024 53
Pyramid Peak Too Technical for pups 14,023 54
Wetterhorn Peak Too Technical for pups 14,020 55
North Maroon Peak Too Technical for pups 14,019 57
Sunlight Spire Too Technical for pups 14,000 62
Mount Eolus On the to-do list 14,088 38
Windom Peak On the to-do list 14,087 39
Sunlight Peak On the to-do list 14,064 45
Culebra Peak On the to-do list 14,051 47

Simon in a late season snowstorm...can you tell he likes the snow?