​6 Gnarly Mountain Project Dog Rants

Nothing gets climbers more riled up than debating the presence of crag dogs. Opponents will cite all the times a dog pissed on their rope, ate their lunch, or tried to rip their throats out. And proponents will argue that a well-behaved crag dog isn’t harming anyone and dogs deserve to be outside in nature just as much as we humans do. There are many good arguments on both sides, and we think its worth hearing your fellow climbers out, recognizing that this is a controversial issue, and finding middle ground. We’ve picked some of the most amusing tidbits to share with you here, but we encourage you to click through into the threads and hear thoughts from your fellow climbers.

1. Alright, let's get this party started...

Go down the rabbit hole.

2. No, but really….what is the BEST kind of crag dog?

How about a crag llama?

3. Spiraling. Out. Of. Control.

This one is a doozy.

4. Can’t we all just be friends?

Just say NO to walls.

5. Wisdom from The Big Lebowski


6. Dogs, please leave your humans at home

The perfect solution!

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When to Leave Your Dog at Home

  • If you’re climbing multi-pitch routes and can’t be on the ground to supervise your dog and make sure its needs are met.
  • When you’re visiting a popular climbing area with lots of other climbers, confined staging areas, or known wildlife concerns (rattlesnakes, bear, bees, etc.).
  • If the land manager prohibits dogs or if you can’t get a clear answer on whether they are allowed.
  • If the day is hot and the approach is long. Dogs who bake in the sun typically dig down to cooler soil, creating increasing levels of erosion at climbing areas.
  • If you or your dog aren’t ready - take our Crag Dog Quiz!