Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan is published by William Morrow. It tells the story of my adventures with Atticus M. Finch, a little dog of some distinction. You can also find our column in the NorthCountry News.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Post on Mount Washington Observatory Forums

On Waumbek on Saturday we ran into a great little dog by the name of Emma. She had her two humans (Judy and Kevin Talbot) with her. Kevin was gracious enough to post the following on the Mount Washington Observatory discussion board:

Saturday, while on Mount Waumbek, Jude, Emma and I had the pleasure of meeting Tom and Atticus. Atticus is a miniature schnauzer about the same size as Emma, (who we think is a pomeranian mix.) It was nice to meet another dog her size on the trail and we got to talking. I always brag that Emma has her 4000 footer patch from the AMC. She got her patch the same day as Brutus the Newfoundland who went on to be the first dog to get his winter 4000 footers, then do it again, in one season! Emma (and Atticus) are about the size of Brutus' head! Anyway, Tom, very humbly I might add, made us feel to be completely inadequate hikers when I asked if they were on their quest for the winter 4000 footers. It turns out, in only their second full year of hiking, they are on their second time through the 4000 footers, THIS WINTER! After climbing Cannon Mountain at 3:30 Saturday morning, they drove to Waumbek and climbed it then finished up the day by driving to Mount Cabot and summiting. Unbelievable? They are doing it for a great cause, not just for bragging rights. Here is their website, full of great pictures: check it out and even if you don't wish to donate to their cause, send along a few words of encouragement. After Mount Cabot they had 25 more summits to do in the next 10 days. Even if they don't make it, it is an awesome feat! It took me 3 years to do what they're doing twice in 90 days!KDT

Many thanks to Kevin and Judy and Emma. Here's hoping his plug for us on the discussion board will bring in some contributions to the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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