October 19, 2021

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Cat and owner hike up New Hampshire’s tallest mountains

Floki, a cat belonging to Mel Elam, rests on a rock on Mount Garfield, in Franconia, N.H., at sunset, Thursday, June 10, 2021. Elam and Floki have produced it to the summit of New Hampshire’s 48 tallest mountains. (Mel Elam via AP)

A cat has produced it to the summit of the 48 tallest mountains in New Hampshire, paying elements of the journey peering out from the comfort of her person’s backpack. 

Floki has developed from kitten to cat in the 9 months given that she and owner Mel Elam, of North Conway, started their journey to the best of the state’s 4,000-footers. Their last problem was Mount Washington — the greatest summit in the Northeast at 6,288 toes, which they attained past Saturday. 

“#48-Mount Washington! We did it!” Elam posted on social media. She chronicled their development and achievements with pics and online video on the Facebook page Adventures with Floki, which has additional than 2,400 followers.

Elam adopted Floki from a shelter last calendar year immediately after shedding another beloved hiking companion, her pet dog. A harness is hooked up to Floki when she’s in the backpack, and she’s on a leash when walks alongside a trail. In colder climate, she wore a vest. 

“Considerably less than a 12 months in the past I started a journey with the most not likely mountaineering companion. A journey to heal, come across peace and establish emotional and bodily strength to assist me survive one particular of the darkest moments of my everyday living,” Elam wrote on Facebook. “People today frequently convey to me what a great factor it was for me to rescue Floki. It’s pretty the opposite, she rescued me and these mountains have assisted her preserve me.”

Two photos of a hiker with her cat; left photo shows the cat curled around the woman's neck; right photo shows the cat in the woman's backpack

Mel Elam and Floki mountaineering New Hampshire’s mountains. Still left: heading to Middle Carter Mountain in Bean’s Order, March 19, 2021 proper: descending Mount Bond in Lincoln, Jan. 1, 2021. (Mel Elam by way of AP)

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Elam informed WMUR-Tv that their online followers are encouraging her and Floki to go on new journeys. 

“‘What are you likely to do up coming? Pease keep putting up. We appreciate following your adventures,'” Elam said people are telling her. “And I’m like, ‘Oh no, we are nevertheless likely to be out there.'” 

Elam mentioned she and Floki are looking at the “52 With a See,” mountains in New Hampshire with elevations under 4,000 toes and wonderful views. 

“It has been rather an journey, and I am continue to so grateful for all of the aid and kindness that has been revealed to us through,” Elam wrote online. “It is actually unbelievable, how a lot of Lives this very little cat has touched. Keep your fingers crossed and would like us luck!”

A tabby cat sits on a rock in the mountains; the cat wears a purple harness and leash

Floki stands on a rock overlooking Israel Ridge, in Pinkham Notch, N.H., Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Mel Elam by using AP)

Performing out of doors functions, these as hiking, with a domesticated cat calls for endurance and planning, in accordance to several on line means by cat house owners. A internet site named AdventureCats.org has in depth guides on security equipment and education. To start the process, you’ll require a leash and a well-fitting harness prior to something else. 

Not all cats are effectively-suited to outside adventures, while. Experts say you should not push your cat way too really hard if the animal clearly prefers not to go outdoors.

“Some felines could really like accompanying humans on adventures, while many others may perhaps be much more snug close to home—in the sunniest spot in your apartment, if possible,” a weblog publish about obtaining your cat prepared for the path states. “Pay back interest to your pet and stop out of doors actions if you observe symptoms of anxiety.”

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