During the epic winter of 2006, everything in Tahoe filled in. The Crescent Couloir on Round Top near Carson Pass, CA had been calling our name for years. In 2006, it was ready.
In May, we headed down to Round Top to give it a go. There were some burley tracks on the skier’s left face, but we went for the safe route. Or at least we thought it would be safe.
My dog, Hidatsa, had gone down with the gentleman who was filming us, Duane. This was a mistake. When our buddy Adam skied down, she couldn’t control her excitement and she jumped out at him. He turned to stop and his snow-spray knocked her down the chute. She tomahawked 26 times to the bottom. As always, she was totally unhurt and came up smiling and waging her tail. Unreal dog.
Hidatsa was an absolute mountain goat. In her life, she’d climbed seventeen 14,000 foot peaks and been backcountry skiing hundreds of times with me in AK, CA, UT, OR, WA, NV, CO & B.C.
I got Hidatsa at the Martinez, CA pound. She was found in a gutter with her 7 other brothers and sisters. They were all motley colored mongrel looking dogs. Hidatsa was the only one with any distinct pattern. I loved here black and tan suit and chose her.
She was a full-bore mountain dog. She never got seriously injured, never got sick, and was still charging hard right up until she was 14.5 years old. I still miss her everyday and dream about her at least once a month.
Learn more about Hidatsa & watch her huck a mandatory 15-Foot here: