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Cave Dog
D Dog, Ski Dog, Slo Dog, Groove Dog, Crazy Dog, Rad Dog, Lady Dog, Snow Dog

D Dog

D Dog-Anne Eldridge, Software Engineer

Rad Dog

Rad Dog-P.J. Keizer, Radiologist

Rad Dog is Cave Dog's older brother.  They come from a close family of five kids based in Coos Bay, Oregon.  Day hikes, skiing, and travel are some of the favorite pastimes for the Keizer household.  Their parents gave them an appreciation for the exploration of different regions and cultures at an early age.  In addition, when Sea Dog was a small boy,  Rad Dog taught him how to swim. 

After graduating from Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon, in 1979, Rad Dog went on to earn a BS degree from Notre Dame, in 1983.  He continued his education with a Masters in Radiation Health at Oregon State in 1986.  After working for several years in safety programs at nuclear plants, Rad Dog received his doctorate in medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine, in 1994. He did his residency training in radiology at UMKC, finishing in 1998. Cave Dog joined up with Rad Dog in Kansas City in order to get some high volume inner city EMT experience at MAST ambulance service.  Currently, Rad Dog is a radiologist at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, Oregon.

Like Sea Dog and Lady Dog, Rad Dog is a veteran from the 14ers Dog Team.  Rad Dog was in charge of all medical needs.  He was also the primary driver of the Kennel.  Rad Dog put the chaotic financial accounting to some order.  In addition, he took charge of vehicle maintenance of the four vehicles and the videography. 

During the Marshall Mountain Madness Ultramarathon(M3 ), Rad Dog was in charge of all medical needs and the videography and also helped out with the hiking support.

Like the M3, during the C2, Rad Dog was in charge of all medical needs and the videography and also helped out with the hiking support.

Lady Dog

Lady Dog-Tanya Dix, Teacher

Lady Dog did not grow up in any particular place. She has lived in Utah, Queensland, Australia, Greeley, Colorado, and a short time in Oviedo, Spain.  In 1991, she moved to Myrtle Creek, Oregon.  After graduating from South Umpqua High School in Myrtle Creek, she went to Willamette University where she earned a degree in Philosophy.  It was at Willamette University that she met Good Dog, a very close friend of Cave Dog.  In 1997, Lady Dog and Good Dog got married.  In the fall of 1997, they moved to Philadelphia where Lady Dog did postgraduate studies in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania.  They currently live in Eugene, Oregon.  She is currently finishing her masters degree in Education from University of Oregon.  She has plans to teach high school English. 

In the intervening years, Cave Dog has gotten to know Lady Dog not just through Good Dog but as friends in their own right.  Good Dog and Lady Dog have always extended an open home to Cave Dog in his frequent visits to Oregon and they have done many interesting excursions together.

In 2000, Lady Dog joined The Dog Team in their record breaking challenge of the M4.  She was in charge of the website design and updates.  She was also the primary driver of the backup four wheel drive vehicle.  In addition, she helped Scurv E. Dawg with making sure that nothing was amiss with Cave Dog's pack.During the M3, she was the base camp manager and spokesperson for the media.  She organized the support teams and kept track of the overall project.  She kept particular care to make sure everyone had plenty of food and drinks.  Everyone has Lady Dog to thank for working hard to keep the website updated as soon as information came out from the field.

Groove Dog

Groove Dog-Mike Guerette, Vagabond

Groove Dog is a Maine native and met Cave Dog, as well as other members of The Dog Team during a rare summer spent in Maine.  The place was Bar Harbor; the draw was guiding sea kayaking trips.  While working for the same operation in 2001, Groove Dog and Cave Dog found a shared enthusiasm for the outdoors, and enjoyed swapping stories of past experiences while becoming friends and temporary housemates.  Much like Cave Dog, Groove Dog has enjoyed an adventurous vagrant lifestyle.  Some of the highlights being: end to end hikes of the Appalachian Trail; Vermont's Long Trail; the Continental Divide Trail; and most recently, Ontario's Bruce Trail along the Niagara Escarpment.  After the latest hike, Groove Dog buzzed right over to the Adirondacks to be a happy part of The Dog Team.

During the M3 challenge, Groove Dog helped out with some of the more remote hiking support locations.  He also cooked up some of the best backcountry meals during the event.

Slo Dog

Slo Dog-Terry Finnan, Retired

Slo Dog climbed his first Adirondack High Peak in August of 1948.  His childhood was spent partly in the mountains and partly at the ocean.  After graduating from New York Unniversity in 1965, he went into business and devoted his leisure life to mountains, ocean sailing, skiing, and cycling.

Slo Dog climbed in the west and Europe and sailed in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and the East Coast from Maine to Key West.  Not finding the answer to the question of whether life is a beach or a mountain, he returned to the Adirondacks.  With Redfield, he has recently finished climbing all of the Adirondack High Peak, 54 years after his first peak.  He has also climbed all of the Catskill 35.  Slo Dog continues sailing on Lake Champlain, cycling, and skiing and snowshoeing in the mountains in the winter.

During the M3, Slo Dog helped out with the hiking and driving support.  He also helped out with the driving support during the W2.

Snow Dog

Snow Dog-Marsha Finnan, Economic Consultant

Snow Dog is an avid hiker and can be seen all winter on her snowshoes trekking in the Adirondacks.  One day Snow Dog and her husband Slo Dog snowshoed Marcy after the eight foot dump in March of 2001.  Trail markers that are 10-12 feet high were barely visible.  Finding themselves alone on Marcy's summit, they were indeed "Tops in NY State".  Snow Dog also enjoys biking, sailing, and Tai Chi.  She has just one more peak left of the ADK 46, and expects to finish later this summer.  In addition, Snow Dog has climbed in the Catskills extensively and has scaled all of the Catskill 35.

She is an international economic consultant with her own business,  Snow Dog is the proud mother of Ski Dog, as well as, two grown daughters. 

Snow Dog met Cave Dog while he was scouting the ADKs.  She was disappointed that she could not join the team because of work commitments.  She jumped at the chance to help Cave Dog in the Whites with driving and reprovisioning on the trail.

During the C2, Snow Dog helped out with backcountry support.

Ski Dog

Ski Dog-Vikki Finnan, Student

Ski Dog was on the summit of Mt. Marcy in the winter before her first birthday.  (On dad's back in a child carrier.) This marked the beginning of her love for crosscountry skiing, enthusiasm for adventure, and appreciation of nature.  She is an avid crosscountry ski racer, earning several gold medals at the Empire State games in the high school category as a freshman.  Skiing is augmented with hiking and mountain bike riding.  She is also a devotee of karate, presently at the rank of brown belt.  Ski Dog is an honor student at Keene Central School and is fortunate to live year round in the beautiful Adirondacks.

During the M3, Ski Dog helped out with the hiking support.

Night Dog

Night Dog-Ralph Ryndak, Production

Night Dog was born in Kingston N.Y., but in 1959, his family bought a summer home in the Catskills near the Burroughs Range.  His first hike was in 1964 up Wittenberg Mountain.  He fell in love with hiking at that point, and hikes at least twice a week.  He is a member of the Catskill 3500 Club and is a Adirondack 46er.  In fact, he has hiked all of the Catskill 35 four or five times.  He has worked for 29 years at a Military Aerospace company and lives in West Shokan near the base of the Burroughs Range.  He also enjoys down hill and cross country skiing, mountain biking, and backpacking.

During the C2, Night Dog hiked thourough out the night with Cave Dog and provided much needed support and company.

Crazy Dog

Crazy Dog-Deb James, Bum Groupie


Adog-Richard Kelly, Retired Attorney

Adog and Base Dog live on Boulderwood in Lake Placid where the Adirondack base camp lean to is located.  They are hiking the Adirondack 46 High Peaks recently completing their 36th.  They expect of finish by next year.

Base Dog is a nursing consultant and Adog, an attorney; and they are semiretired.  They have spent all seasons these past four years on the mountains and waters of the Adirondacks when not volunteering, gardening, playing tennis, partying, or traveling to visit one of their three children in New England, or going back to Long Island, to Canada, to Florida, or just about anywhere else.

Adog and Base Dog's home has been a regional base camp for both training and the Marshall Mountain Maddness Ultramarathon.  During the M3, they helped at base camp and with hiking support.

During the W2, Adog helped out with the driving support.

During the C2, Adog helped out with the driving support and hiked with Cave Dog during some of the road hikes.

Pup Dog-Lisa Daniels,
Hungry Dog-Brian Finke, Photographer
Kat Dog

Kat Dog-Kathy Kelly

Dura Dog

Inge Aiken-Dura Dog, Professional Engineer and Mother

DuraDog was a nationally competitive cyclist, mountain biker and runner.  She is currently enjoying being a mother of two teenagers, Greta and Leslie; being self-employed with her husband, Carl; trailracing, mountain running and peakbagging the Adirondack High Peaks.  Other interest include windsurfing, rock climbing, snowboarding, and skiing with her family.

During the C2, Dura Dog hiked with Cave Dog through the initial bushwhacks.

Two Dog-Nancie Battaglia, Photographer
Cave Dog

Cave Dog-Ted E. Keizer, Bum

Cave Dog grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon.  He graduated from Brown University in 1994 with degrees in Geology Biology and Political Science.  While at Brown, he was elected Student Body President.  He was also voted by his class to lead their graduation procession.  After college, Cave Dog was tracked for a life in politics when he decided that he needed to experience life before he could write and vote on laws.  So, he set out to do his own study of society, people, and nature.  Since that time he has visited all of the states, all but two of them multiple times.  He has lived and worked in fourteen states, Indian country, the inner city, and the woods.  Hot air balloon pilot, hotel accountant, steel construction, shoveling snow off roofs, enumerator, moving man, high school teacher, and ambulance driver are just a few of the means of employment he has tried.  His only restriction is that he never does the same job twice.  Being an outdoor enthusiast from an early age, he has visited 145 National Park sites and hiked and climbed in 38 states.  In addition, he did a 31 day solo in Glacier Park, Montana, under winter conditions.  Cave Dog also broken three records:  the Mighty Mountain Megamarathon(M 4) by climbing all of the Colorado 14ers in 10 days, 20 hours, and 26 minutes; the Marshall Mountain Maddness Ultramarathon(M3 ) by climbing all of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks in 3 days, 18 hours, and 14 minutes; and the Wild Whites Ultramarathon(W 2) by climbing all of New Hampshire's 48 White Mountain Four Thousand Footers in 3 days, 17 hours, and 21 minutes.  He loves all forms of hiking from the peaks to the canyons, from the swamps to the desert, from the woods to the tundra.  Most of all he loves the wildlife and the wildflowers. 

During the Catskills challenge, Cave Dog climbed, and that is all.

The Dog Pound-Glendalough Base Camp


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