Meet the Team- San Luis Loop 2020
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Like the fellowship of the ring, the San Luis Loop needs its own adventure squad to blaze the trail. I’m not sure what our group name is yet (the Trail Blazers, Uno and Dos, One Person and Two Dogs), but all that really matters is that the band is getting back together!
Breed: Border Terrier
Favorite Treat: Salmon Skins
Favorite 14er: Mt. of the Holy Cross
A big dog in a small package, Skittles arguably has the most endurance out of all of us. It’s a good thing she likes hunting for bugs instead of trail names since she is more likely to find the former on this trip! She really likes belly rubs and saying hi to people. On the flip side she tolerates other dogs, but will tell them off if they try to say hi to Prima.
Skittles spends her off trail days pretending to be a stuffed animal on the bed or being the fun police when the other dogs try to play.
She is most looking forward to rolling in dead things and animal poop on a daily basis.
Breed: German Shepherd
Favorite Treat: Chicken Meat
Favorite 14er: Pikes Peak
Derpy dog and fierce protector, Prima’s attitude ranges from clown to pretend police dog depending on the day. While less inquisitive than Skittles, she is just as smart. Prima prefers to observe people and dogs from a distance, but once she realizes someone has food all bets are off! While she lets Skittles boss her around most of the time, she has her back when needed.
When not hiking Prima’s favorite hobbies include competitive sheep and goat herding and carrying stuffed toys around the house. She has a particular obsession with hedgehog toys. Her hidden talent is her ability to throw her toy in the air and catch it by herself.
She is most looking forward to observing wildlife from a distance (she’s a cultured dog, she doesn’t chase wild animals).
Breed: Hiker Trash
Favorite Treat: Ice Cream
Favorite 14er: Humboldt Peak
The one in charge of resupplies and navigation (that’s me!). I like wandering around Colorado, especially the San Juans. I’m obsessed with maps and buy a new Nat Geo topo map almost every time I go to REI. I have a slight obsession with sloths (hence the trail name), which makes me easily recognizable on trail.
Born and raised in Denver, cities make me crazy. I have enjoyed living in Durango, but am excited to be moving to Homer, Alaska, after finishing the San Luis Loop.
When off trail, I have been the perpetual student. On that tangent, I just finished my teaching license and will be teaching secondary math, science, and health next year. I dabble in trail running and also read tons of fantasy books.
I am most looking forward to the empty trails east of Durango and the high route in the Sangre de Cristo wilderness.
Less than one month till takeoff!
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