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My dog Sopris posing before Byers Peak's summit. May 2002. Jon Bradford

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KlenkeOK, how many false starts

Klenke

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before you could get your pal to stay put long enough to take that picture?
Posted Nov 21, 2003 12:48 am

VelebitSopris the model

Velebit

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Jon, your dog is great :-) I've been wondering was he trained to be dog model or it comes naturally to him? :-) He is always relaxed and calm on the summits, I guess he enjoys mountains. What is the highest altitude he reached?
Posted Nov 21, 2003 6:19 am

JonBradfordRe: Sopris the model

JonBradford

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Aleksander,

Thank you for the kind words about my dog. She actualy is quite energetic and difficult to capture at "just the right moment". She is a 2 year old Rhodisian Ridgeback mix. Her highpoint (which she climbed when she was 10 months old) is Blanca Peak in Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Mountains. At 14,345 ft it is the 4th tallest mountain in Colorado. I think by now she has climbed near 100 different mountains, all in Colorado. I realy hope I don't wear people out with pictures of my "Baby" but she enjoys mountains as much as anyone I know and she adds much foreground interest to my photos. Thanks again.

Jon Bradford
Posted Nov 21, 2003 6:41 pm

VelebitRe: Sopris the model

Velebit

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Jon, you don't wear me out with Sopris shots, I don't know about others. To me they are funny and different. As you said it she adds to the picture and is also interesting to see a dog so high up in the mountains. Maybe it would be boring if everybody would post shots of their animals in nature but you were the first and it is your trademark. But seams to me there are no one else on SP who guides dogs in the mountains. It is restricting in a way because you have to adjust your routes to her abilities. I thought she is a male because Sopris sounds like a male name to me but English is not my mother language so I'll never have that perfect feel for it. Her climbing resume is really impressive!



Aleksandar
Posted Nov 21, 2003 7:23 pm

JonBradfordRe: Sopris the model

JonBradford

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Aleksander,

Your English is more then passable. Indeed your written grammer is better then many an American's. "Sopris" was named after a Colorado mountain... which in turn was named after a Captain John Sopris of the United States Calvery back in the 1880's. I think the name was originaly French but I could be wrong. When I first aquired (or she aquired me) Sopris responded to that name better then anything else I could throw her way (Teocali, Oso being other options).

Sopris does limit my climbing to a certain extent (I have only had to turn around twice for her sake though) but If I leave her home for only a few climbs a year I can balance my desire to be with my favorite climbing partner and my desire for a challange.But there is a certain challange in needing to find a route that is passable for a dog. Sometimes we do a bit of wandering just to find terrain she can ascend. By and large though her abilities impress me.

One last thing Aleksandar... Thank you for sharing the Velebit. Croatia is beautiful... National Geographic needs to talk to you!

Jon Bradford
Posted Nov 25, 2003 12:41 am

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