Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Mount Tenneriffe 11.18.03

The dogs were literally bouncing off the wall today, so I thought it would be best to get some sort of climb in despite the very heavy rains today. Looking for a open brushless climb that was close to home, I chose to climb Tenerife via the logging road that nearly takes you all the way to the summit. The rain stayed steady and very heavy for the entire time of this trip. At approx 2800ft I decided that I had enough of the rain and retreated. On the return trip the dogs caught a scent and disappeared. This is not an unusual event but when the beagle was the first to return I began to worry. The beagle is the one I am always trying to fetch. After calling Tanner's name for what seemed like an eternity, I was faced with the what to do next. I decided that maybe he had become lost and would head back to the car so I continued the descent after marking where we had parted ways. I then started back calling Tanner's name as loud and as often as I could, all the while trying to think of how I was going to explain how I lost one of our babies to the wife. After about 5 minutes of descent Tanner thankfully returned. The rest of the way out seemed to go quite a bit faster. There is running water nearly everywhere and there were spots on Mt Si Rd that were under water.

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