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 designed it to the summit of New Hampshire’s 48 tallest mountains. (Mel Elam by using AP)

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

Floki has grown from kitten to cat in the nine months considering the fact that she and operator Mel Elam, of North Conway, begun their journey to the top of the state’s 4,000-footers. Their ultimate obstacle was Mount Washington — the highest summit in the Northeast at 6,288 feet, which they reached final Saturday. 

“#48-Mount Washington! We did it!” Elam posted on social media. She chronicled their progress and achievements with photos and online video on the Fb web page Adventures with Floki, which has far more than 2,400 followers.

Elam adopted Floki from a shelter last year after dropping one more beloved mountaineering companion, her puppy. A harness is connected to Floki when she’s in the backpack, and she’s on a leash when walks alongside a path. In colder weather, she wore a vest. 

“A lot less than a year ago I commenced a journey with the most not likely climbing companion. A journey to heal, come across peace and construct psychological and bodily strength to help me survive one of the darkest instances of my existence,” Elam wrote on Fb. “Individuals generally explain to me what a excellent point it was for me to rescue Floki. It is quite the opposite, she rescued me and these mountains have served her conserve 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 Center Carter Mountain in Bean’s Obtain, March 19, 2021 appropriate: descending Mount Bond in Lincoln, Jan. 1, 2021. (Mel Elam via AP)

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

“‘What are you going to do upcoming? Pease hold submitting. We love subsequent your adventures,'” Elam explained men and women are telling her. “And I’m like, ‘Oh no, we are continue to likely to be out there.'” 

Elam stated she and Floki are considering the “52 With a Watch,” mountains in New Hampshire with elevations below 4,000 ft and wonderful sights. 

“It has been fairly an adventure, and I am nevertheless so grateful for all of the aid and kindness that has been proven to us in the course of,” Elam wrote on-line. “It is genuinely unbelievable, how several Lives this little cat has touched. Continue to 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 through AP)

Doing outside functions, this sort of as climbing, with a domesticated cat calls for patience and planning, in accordance to many on the internet sources by cat proprietors. A internet site known as has comprehensive guides on safety gear and coaching. To get started the process, you will have to have a leash and a nicely-fitting harness just before nearly anything else. 

Not all cats are well-suited to outside adventures, however. Authorities say you shouldn’t force your cat as well difficult if the animal obviously prefers not to go exterior.

“Some felines could appreciate accompanying humans on adventures, while many others may well be additional comfortable shut to home—in the sunniest spot in your condominium, if feasible,” a site submit about getting your cat prepared for the path claims. “Fork out awareness to your pet and cease outside activities if you detect signs of strain.”

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