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Who has camping plans over Memorial Day? We’re almost to the long weekend! 📸: @dustydesertdogs

Sunsets are even more colorful this time of year. 📸: @kodiak_thebeardog

“Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.” This quote has governed my lifestyle.
Every single day I aspire to be the kind of person Ariel thinks I am. She has changed my life in more ways than I could ever put to words. In her I have found my best friend and the courage to do something I never thought I could.
On August 20th, 2016, Ariel and I summited Mount Colden, our 46th High Peak and joined the ranks of Adirondack 46ers. We dedicated our finish hike to the shelter I adopted Ariel from and raised money and awareness for shelter animals in need of homes.
Ariel has brought so much adventure to my life. I am who I am because of her and I cannot thank her enough for that. It has never been about the patch or even finishing the 46 together. The journey together was our reward. I will carry it with me each day for the rest of my life.
Thank you for following along! @ambpitch

We started our journey only venturing up to the mountains a couple times a year, but it always felt like a piece of us was missing being away so long, and soon those couple times a year turned into every weekend adventures.
When Ariel was 10 years old we decided to test our love and ability on the Great Range Traverse. This was our hardest climb to date with over 20 miles and almost 10,000 feet of elevation gain. The ladders and unforgiving cliffs proved to be obstacles we had not faced before, but Ariel surpassed them with ease. As we raced the setting sun across the exposed summit of our final peak of the day, I felt an overwhelming sense of freedom. This was truly what it feels like to be fully alive. We sat together taking in the magnificence of the Adirondacks, as the world was plunged into darkness. There are some moments that you will never forget in life, and this was one of them.
Ariel at 10 years old had given me every reason to believe in her and taught me also to believe in myself, as we became even closer to becoming 46ers. — @ambpitch

While the Northeast can sometimes be underestimated because of the overall lack of elevation, our trails are still a challenge for a hiker of any experience and ability. The terrain is filled with roots, rocks, and boulders. Switchbacks are hardly a thing here, as our trails tend to climb with unrelenting steepness.
Ariel and I embarked on Mount Marcy, New York State’s high point, as our very first High Peak. We camped for our first time ever, waking sleepy-eyed in our tent, and began our journey. Reaching the summit was a feeling like no other. To stand at 5,344 feet felt like an entirely different world. Every worry was so small, I was so small, but the world was so big and so was my love for it with Ariel standing beside me. Ariel had a smile on her face as she gazed out over the layers of mountains in the sea of green. I felt at home. This was not something we would give up on easily. — @ambpitch

Amber and Ariel here— When you think of mountains where does your mind bring you to? The Rockies, the Cascades, the Sierra Nevada? You probably don’t think of the East Coast, and certainly not New York State. To be honest, I didn’t realize it for a while either. I didn’t grow up hiking or camping. While we were always outside on my parent’s little 30 acre farm, we didn’t often stray to new locations and the Adirondacks were still a hidden gem for me.
When I adopted Ariel, that began to change. Her joy in the outdoors was contagious. The way she navigated through the woods with such natural skill inspired me to start researching new places to bring her for walks. We quite literally stumbled upon on our first mountain in the Catskill Mountains,and from there, our love for hiking began to grow and flourish. After some research it became a dream of mine to become an Adirondack 46er. With Ariel being 8 years old at the time, I thought it was impossible for us to finish that journey together. But seeing her love for it, I decided we would hike for as long and far and Ariel wanted to, climbing as many mountains as she could.

Hi #ZukesPack! Amber and Ariel of @ambpitch here, and we will be taking over the @zukespets Instagram this week.
Ariel and I hail from upstate New York, where I work as a veterinary technician during the week and we spend our off days hiking and exploring in the Adirondack Mountains.
Together Ariel and I achieved a dream that I once believed to be impossible and we became Adirondack 46ers— meaning we climbed all 46 mountains of the Adirondack High Peaks.
Ariel was by my side every step of the journey, and it was something that I couldn’t have done without her. I truly believe it was something we were meant to accomplish together.
I’ll be sharing about our journey of becoming 46ers throughout our takeover.
I hope you enjoy following along! & feel free to ask any questions!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the dog (and human!) moms out there. Be sure to tune in this week as @ambpitch takes over our account to share her insights on climbing all the Adirondack #46ers with her pup, Ariel. 📸: @ambpitch

🚨GIVEAWAY - CLOSED, THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING🚨! Want the gear in this photo? Enter to win one of three prize packages from Zuke’s, @gregorypacks, @klymit, @jetboil and @eurekacamping to help you – and your favorite adventure pup – enjoy the summer hiking season. (US-only, contest ends 5/10.) Here’s how:

1. Visit bit.ly/summitseason (link in bio!)
2. Follow @zukespets, @klymit, @gregorypacks, @jetboil, @eurekacamping
3. Tag 2 friends

Interested in learning to paddle with your dog this summer? Our friend @sup_with_pup is one of the best resources around! 📸: @sup_with_pup

🏔GIVEAWAY🏔! The days are warming, the snow is melting, the trails are drying – summit season is upon us! Whether it’s your local hill or a high-altitude peak, it’s time to start planning what panoramic views you’re going to enjoy this year. We’ve roped up with our friends @klymit, @gregorypacks, @jetboil and @eurekacamping to help you – and your favorite adventure pup – reach the top. Enter now to win one of three lofty prize packages featuring loads of summit-quality gear, including the brand new Zuke’s PowerBone! (US only.) Here’s how:

1. Visit bit.ly/summitseason (link in bio!) and enter your e-mail
2. Follow @zukespets, @klymit, @gregorypacks, @jetboil, @eurekacamping
3. Tag 2 friends

Good luck! See you on the summit.

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