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Chilly Dog-Jess Lord, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions
is a New Englander born and bred. He entered this world in
Providence, Rhode Island which is also were he spent a good deal of his
childhood. His high school years at Westtown School, a Quaker
school outside of Philadelphia, were filled with many adventures.
After his brief stint in the Mid Atlantic States, he moved back to his
boyhood home to attend Brown University. By luck of the draw,
Chilly Dog and Cave Dog were freshmen roommates and continued to live
together, with others from Unit 7, for the next four years.
They formed a lasting and deep friendship strengthened by Koosh
Olympics, Grad Center Basketball, and "The Road Trip." After the
infamous road trip, Chilly Dog started his career in College Admissions
at Brown University. Since 1999, he has been working at Pomona
College and is currently living in Pasadena, California with Silly Dog
and their little puppy, Emma. Chilly Dog enjoys listening to
music loudly, watching movies, and being with his family.
After Cave Dog's Long Trail attempt last year, Chilly has been trying to find a way to help his long time friend. Cave and Sugar Dogs felt that the best thing he could do would be to use his leadership and organizational skills to help run base camp.
Burns Dog-Eric Freeman
Burns Dog grew up in Severna Park, Maryland. After graduating from Severn School, in 1990, he attended Brown University. Burns Dog and Cave Dog were placed in the same freshman unit, Unit 7. Together with the other guys at the end of the hall, Burns Dog and Cave Dog created an incredible friendship. This group of friends, at times, seeming inseparable, continued to live as roommates for the entire four years at college. This diverse group was always goofing around and learned an incredible amount from each other. After college, Burns Dog earned his Doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1999. He did postdoctoral research in Number Theory at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, NJ. From there he went to teach math at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Ontario in Canada. He decided he should try a career change, and is now living in San Francisco, looking around for new things to do.
Burns Dog was the relief driver during the M4challenge, which means he drove constantly. He was in charge of navigating and spent some time figuring driving distances. Burns Dog also became the main contact for the media.
Before the 2003 attempt of the LTR, Burns Dog came a few days earily and helped out with the enormous logistics that come with such an undertaking. During the challenge, he provided backcountry support, helped at base camp, and hiked with Cave Dog during on the last day.
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.
Rad Dog is a veteran from the 14er, Adirondack, Catskill, and Southern Appalachian Dog Teams. During the Mighty Mountain Megamarathon(M 4), 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 ) and the Crazed Catskills Ultramarathon(C2), Rad Dog was in charge of all medical needs and videography and also help out with the hiking support.During the South Beyond Insanity Ultramarathon(SBI), Rad Dog helped out with hiking and car support and was once again incharge of all medical needs and videography.
Before The 2003 Long Trail challenge, Rad Dog came to Vermont a week and half early and helped out Cave Dog in his training and scouting of The Long Trail. During the challenge, he gave undying support from the field and tended all medical needs. He also hiked with Cave Dog on the last strech.
Rus Dog-Elena Belyaeva (Елена Беляева), Graduate Student
Good Dog-Jason Goodson, Middle School Teacher
Dog grew up he always had
a fascination with the outdoors and working with people. His
interests resulted in the maturation of a young man who
liked to go backpacking all around the western portions of the
United States. During middle school, high school, and college,
Good Dog discovered two of his best friends. Those two people are
Cave Dog and Sea Dog. When called, Good Dog perked up his
ears, and leapt at the opportunity to support Cave Dog in his efforts
to break the Adirondacks record of climbing the 46 peaks over 4,000
feet and again in the Southern Apppalachians.
Good Dog continues to appreciate the outdoors and currently lives in, and teaches near, Cave Dog and his hometown of Coos Bay, Oregon. Subjects such as Language Arts and Computer Science are the disciplines that Good Dog offers for his middle school students to investigate. Curious inquiry into these topics has created a web of knowledge and personal understanding for each student. When educating our youth, or thinking about life, Good Dog tries to remember that one should never stop learning and wondering about the world that surrounds each and every one of us.
During the Adirondack challenge, Good Dog was the navigator for the driving support. He also was Cave Dog's massage therapist during and after the event.
During the SBI, Good Dog did some of the more remote hiking and car support.
During the 2003 LTR attempt, Good Dog supported Cave Dog in the backcountry.
Hamz Dog-Jamie Hunsberger, Insurance Agent
Dog has always had a love of the outdoors. He grew up in rural
Pennsylvania climbing trees, fishing, and camping. He met Crafty
Dog at Souderton Area High School and they have been together ever
since. He attended Gettysburg College where he majored in
history and earned a black belt in Tae Kwan Do. After college he
moved to San Diego with Crafty Dog and became an insurance agent with
AAA. He loves to rock climb, buy tools, and eat sausage.
But his all-time favorite activity is being Daddy to Stinker-Poos and
He met Cave Dog through Chilly and Silly Dogs and always loved to hear of Cave Dog's challenges at Chilly and Silly's annual Oscar's Party. When Chilly Dog said he was going to be base camp manager for the Long Trail 2004, Hamz Dog wanted to be on board. As Chilly Dog said, "Gettin' Hamz Dog is like the last minute free agent signing of an all-star player."
Lucky Dog-Paul Lavoie
from High School in 1969,
Dog was drafted directly into the military during the Vietnam War
Following one year of technical training and obtaining a secret
clearance, he served two years traveling throughout Italy calibrating
maintaining mountain top microwave communication sites. While in
he attended the University of Maryland European Extension. During
last year of military service, he worked as a Technical Lab Assistant
the Avionics Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton,
on remotely controlled devices, which developed into what we know today
the cruise missile. During this time, he attended Wright State
Honorably discharged, Lucky Dog returned to school to receive an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Community College of Rhode Island, then known as Rhode Island Junior College. He graduated with honors and was voted into Who’s Who by the faculty.
His pursuit of the knowledge of life after graduating was characterized by short periods of employment in state-of-the-art high technology with Texas Instruments, Brown and Sharp, AT&T, New England Telephone, Cherry Semiconductor (a subsidiary of Cherry Electrical), CI Hayes et all while interspersed with long periods of self-indulgence into the search for the improvement of the mind and the human condition.
Two of his favorite jobs were with Cherry where he was responsible for maintaining the entire production facility for the high speed test of custom designed integrated circuit chips and with Hayes where he was a Field Service Representative for the costing, startup, training, and debugging of capital equipment at major manufacturing plants throughout the Eastern US. One job included solving the process problems at the West Point US Mint facility for the production of US proof gold coins.
Between jobs he spent one thirty month stint living aboard and single-handed sailing his forty foot cutter in Narragansett Bay and a second of equal duration in solitude on a remote private island in a primitive cabin without electricity, telephone, radio, TV, indoor plumbing or services of any kind while fishing, gardening and food gathering to feed himself, cutting wood for heat and reading the classics with only bimonthly trips by small boat to town for dairy and eggs.
After emerging from the wilderness as a student of Positive Mental Attitude, Lucky Dog met Loretta and returned to the servitude of society. He eventually found his way into his own small business. He continues a life of study and the pursuit of freelance artist. He dreams of peace in the world and if he cannot attain the Nobel Peace Prize, he will settle for working with the one who will. He is currently writing his autobiography. He met Cave Dog while Cave Dog was on a scouting hike if the Cater Moriah Range and Lucky Dog and his wife were climbing the 48 Four Thousand Footers. You can learn more about him and how he met Cave Dog by visiting his personal web site at www.nectyr.com/paul.
During the 2003 attempt of the Long Trail Record, Luck Dog specialized in road support using his conversion van.
Night Dog-Ralph Ryndak, Production
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
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
During the C2, Night Dog hiked thourough out the night with Cave Dog and provided much needed support and company.
Living up to his specialty, Night Dog was essential to keeping Cave Dog going through particularly difficult night hikes during the 2003 Long Trail Record attempt.
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
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.
is augmented with hiking and mountain bike riding. She is also
a devotee of karate. Ski Dog has been an honor
at Keene Central School and is fortunate to live year round in the
Adirondacks. Next year she will be in attendance at Hampshire
Ski Dog helped out with the hiking support during the M 3 and C2.
During the SBI, Ski Dog was an incredible help with the night shift. Each night, Ski Dog hiked and ran with Cave Dog, helping keep Cave Dog oriented in those long fog clad and sleep deprived nights.
Dog is an avid hiker and can be seen all winter on her snowshoes
trekking in the Adirondacks. One day Snow Dog snowshoed Marcy
after the eight foot dump in March of 2001.
Trail markers that are 10-12 feet high were barely visible.
themselves alone on Marcy's summit, they were indeed "Tops in NY
Snow Dog also enjoys biking, sailing, and Tai Chi. She is also an
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, www.economic-services.com. Snow Dog is the proud mother of Ski Dog, as well as, two other 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.
Dacks Dog-Erica Loher, Elementary School Teacher
grew up in Valatie, NY, and has been coming up to hike in the
Adirondacks with her family since a very young age. She has been hiking
the Adirondacks High Peaks with her dad. They are now on their
44th high peak. For the last five years, she has been
living in Wilmington.
She met Sea Dog while they were both working at the Oregon Caves National Monument in 1993. After meeting Dacks Dog and her husband, Brute Dog, Sea Dog decided to join them in attending Northland College. Dacks Dog received her Bachelors of Arts in outdoor education at Northland College in 1995. While at Northland, she did a variety of outdoor education programs, such as, teaching fifth graders in the Apostle Islands National Seashore and she studied at the Audubon Center of the North Woods.
Since college, Dacks Dog taught outdoor education programs for Frost Valley YMCA in the Catskills between 1996-1999. After which, she guided skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, canoeing, and camping trips for the Adirondacks Mountain Club in 1999-2001. She was recently awarded her Masters in Elementary Education at Plattsburgh State.
Dacks Dog met Cave Dog at the end of the M 4 in Boulder, Colorado. When Sea Dog and Cave Dog came to scout out the Adirondacks High Peaks in the fall of 2001, Dacks Dog and Brute Dog helped them out with routes and gave them a place to crash in the northern part of the high peaks area.
During the M3 challenge, Dacks Dog helped out with the hiking support.
Yankee Dog-Robert Williams, Mechanical Engineer
Yankee Dog grew up in
Adog-Richard Kelly, Retired Attorney
|Adog and Base Dog
Boulderwood in Lake Placid where the Adirondack base camp lean to is
located. They have been hiking the Adirondack 46 High Peaks
completing their 46th, Mount Haystack. They are now 46ers.
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.
During the 2003 LTR attempt, Adog partnered up with Gold Dog for some of the backcountry support.
Gold Dog-Bill Stowe
summitted Washington's Mt. Rainier the first time he ever put
on a backpack. Since then he has led groups of Coast Guard
Academy oarsmen up Mt. Washington, Katahdin, Marcy, and others
in New England as a part of the program he coached. He has
also summitted Kilimanjaro. But this unashamed selfconfessed peak
bagger's greatest pride was becoming Adirondack 46'er number
4131. Gold Dog lives in Lake Placid and the Adirondack High
Peaks are his beloved mountains.
Perhaps Gold Dog's greatest athletic achievement was stroking the American Eight Man shell to a gold medal victory in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Gaining rowing experience at Kent School and Cornell University, Gold Dog joined Philadelphia's Vesper Boat Club after a 1963 Navy tour running the Officer's club in Saigon, Viet Nam. The Vesper Club went on to upset the nation's college crew to become the last American boat to win the Olympics. Gold Dog wrote the book All Together about this experience.
Gold Dog met Cave Dog last autumn during their scouting of the peaks.
During the M3 challenge, Gold Dog helping out with the hiking support and the media.
During the 2003 LTR attempt, Gold Dog partnered up with Adog for some of the backcountry support.
Solstice Dog-Beverly Hackett
Dog lives in the
years as an attorney representing school
administrators, she decide to take some time off, and now four years
needs to find a job to keep the bill collectors at bay.
She’s hiked the 46 4000 footers in the High
Peaks and keeps finding new ways to explore the Adirondacks – on slide
trailless hikes and full moon peaks. Solstice
Dog’s claim to fame is finding PinPin – a stuffed
was lost in the
two month-long treks in the
hiking, SD is an avid tennis player and an even
bigger fan. It is a big sacrifice to
give up watching
Before the challenge, SD had never met Cave Dog, but was inspired by reading the chronicles about his varied adventures - especially his Long Trail attempt. She figures one bum should be there for a fellow bum.
Silly Dog-Andrea Nuneviller, Middle School Teacher
Crafty Dog-Aimee Nuneviller, Elementary Teacher
Bird Dog-Michelle Kingsbury, X-Ray Technologist
has been a very avid hiker in recent years. She has hike 98 of
the New England highest 100 peaks. In 2003, she finished climbing
all of New Hampshires Four Thousand Footers in the White
Mountains in the winter. She had climbed them all twice before
during other seasons. Also in 2003, she hiked both the Monadnock
Sunapee Greenway Trail and The Long Trail. She hopes for a thru
hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2005.
Bird Dog grew up in Wakefield, New Hampshire, and as been working as a X-Ray Technologist for the last seven years at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.
Bird Dog is friends with Yankee Dog and has been hiking with him in the Whites over the past few years. She met Cave Dog briefly on the side of Killington during his 2003 attempt and her thru hike of The Long Trail.
Hunting Dog-Mike Myers
Hunting Dog likes to hike.
He has thru hiked both the
Hunting Dog knows the long trail well having section hiked it twice. He became intrigued with Cave Dogs record breaking attempt last year after reading about it on this website. He was able to help The Dog Team by providing Cave Dog with resupply at a backcountry location during the 2003 attempt. Hunting Dog has experienced first hand what a 20 mile day is like on the Long Trail(LT) and completed a 31 mile day on the PCT. The LT is as rugged as any trail per mile. Hunting Dog joined the team to see firsthand how someone can average almost 60 miles per day for over four days on this demanding trail. After seeing Cave Dog come so close last year during all that heavy rain Hunting Dog’s sure he can do it!
Hunting Dog received a degree in
Forestry from the
Ant Dog-Anthony DiEmidio, Fourth Grade Teacher
| Ant Dog grew up in
New Castle, Delaware. He graduated from the
Universtiy of Delaware in 1993 and was awarded a Masters of Education
from Williamington College in 1998.
In the intervening years, he went out west to visit a friend in Colorado for a couple weeks. His friend went home while he ended up staying for two years. While in Colorado, Ant Dog worked with Cave Dog at the Grand Butte Hotel in Mt. Crested Butte, which services the Crested Butte ski resort. They joined the Mountain Rescue Team together. The Team had trainings and meetings twice a week in Gunnison; so, Cave Dog stayed with Ant Dog during this time. While in living in Colorado, Ant Dog lived a ski bums life of rock climbing, shownshoing, hiking, snowboarding, and hot spring hopping.
After his stint as a ski bum, Ant Dog returned back east to become a middle school teacher. He has taught mostly sixth grade at Clarendon Elementary School in Vermont. He married his long time best friend Joanne in 2000, and they now have a son, Connor, who is nearly two years old. Connor has already hiked over the Claredon Gorge of The Long Trial with his father. Ant Dog enjoys living in mountain country and hopes to bring up his son as an avid hiker and snowboarder.
During the 2003 attempt of the Long Trail Record, Ant Dog gave much assistance with local knowledge of the southern region of Vermont. He also helped out with the road crossing supports.
Sugar Dog-Ann Sulzer, Eighth Grade English Teacher
grew up in New Jersey
and went to college at Northwestern University, where she majored in
English and got her secondary teaching certification. After
from Northwestern in 1998, Sugar Dog went on to teach seventh and tenth
grade writing and English at a private school in Boca Raton, Florida
two years. For the past three years, Sugar Dog has been teaching
eighth grade English at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA. In
to teaching, she is also the head of the middle school outdoor
program, coordinating trips to Big Bear, Joshua Tree, and Big Sur for
Sugar Dog met Cave Dog through Silly and Chilly Dogs while teaching in Pasadena. As close friends of Cave Dog from Brown, they introduced Sugar Dog and Cave Dog, though they claim they had no intentions of matchmaking. However, their introductions were successful, and Cave Dog and Sugar Dog have been as inseparable as Cave Dog's schedule will allow ever since.
During the South Beyond Insanity challenge, Sugar Dog compiled the Daily Log and helped Lady Dog maintain her sanity. She also did hiking and car support along the trail. Sugar Dog is Cave Dog's main supplier of cookies, love, and other necessities.
During the 2003 Long Trail attempt, Sugar Dog once again filled in wherever she was needed, doing both backcountry and road support. She also helping out Lady Dog with the chaos of base camp and the move of base camp from Bolton to Stratton.
Cave Dog-Ted E. Keizer, Bum
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 and paddled the 325 mile Maine Island Trail with Groove Dog.
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.
Cave Dog has also broken six records: the Mighty Mountain Megamarathon(M 4 ) by climbing all of the Colorado 14ers in 10 days, 20 hours, 26 minutes; the Marshall Mountain Maddness Ultramarathon(M 3 ) by climbing all of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks in 3 days, 18 hours, 14 minutes; the Wild Whites Ultramarathon(W2) by climbing all of New Hampshire's 48 White Mountain Four Thousand Footers in 3 days, 17 hours, 21 minutes; the Crazed Catskills Ultramarathon by climbing all of the Catskill High Peaks(C2) in 2 days, 15 hours, 24 minutes; setting a course record for the Tennessee Barkley Marathons of 2 days, 8 hours, 57 minutes; and setting a record by climbing the Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee 40 South Beyond 6,000 in 4 days, 23 hours, and 28 minutes.
During The 2003 Long Trail Record challenge, Cave Dog hiked, and that is all.
|During the challenge, The Dog
Team used a 1992 Tioga Montera as the base camp.
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