Hey Everyone, Since we moved closer to the Sierra Nevada's we are looking forward to getting out in the backcountry this summer with Zelda. We have done a lot of hiking trips with her, but no backpacking trips. We are starting to plan a 3 day trip into Desolation Wilderness. The terrain is high alpine, which is basically just a lot of granite and boulders. On the hike we will pass about 7 lakes before reaching our destination, Lake of the Woods, a large glacial lake between Pyramid Peak and Lake Tahoe. Since the terrain is basically just rock, we will be hammock camping with Zelda and she will sleep with one of us. We also purchased new booties for her due to the rough granite. She has a reflective hiking vest and a harness so we can easily keep track of her and leash her at any time. She loves to swim so we will also be taking her life jacket. We will likely have her off leash the majority of the trip since she is well trained and stays very close (even though we know we are supposed to have her on a leash). We will both have leashes easily accessible and she will be wearing a vest at all times. She hardly ever barks and never chases animals. We get a lot of comments even on short hikes about her short legs and ability to keep up. It seems so many people don't understand that corgi's are a working breed! Zelda's adult weight is 24 lbs and she also gets a lot of attention for being so small (erm, normal) but her build is very athletic and she doesn't have extra weight slowing her down. Most hikes are a breeze for her and we have a harder time keeping up with her. The first portion of this hike will be over many large boulders and tough obstacles. Luckily for us, she can jump about 3 feet in the air and is much easier to lift than a lab (we have seen people struggle with that, it's not pretty). On this trip we will be adjusting her food to match her exercise, which will likely be 2-3 times her regular intake. The lakes in this region are very clean, cold, and oxygen poor so we are not worried about her drinking directly from streams and lakes as they are not good conditions for bacteria or parasites to thrive. Has anyone else on the forum done much hiking with their corgi? At what point, if ever, did your dog start to tire out? Do you have any tips for us or things you pack for your dog? We will be taking uncoated aspirin, compression bandages, gauze, antibacterial ointment, paw moisturizing cream, ear cleaner, eye wash, nail clippers, sunscreen, and bug spray for her. We have noticed that Zelda will tire out after 6+ miles, but with a short rest she is ready to go again. We will not be using a dog backpack since it is not good for her and she would be more at risk for overheating. We are also planning on adding another dog to our family later this year. Does anyone hike with a male corgi? What is the experience like? Preferably, does anyone hike with both a male and female corgi? How do they differ? I know that males can be less energized than females and I am slightly concerned about a male corgi's ability to keep up. One of our main concerns for this trip is that this is bear and lion country. With the close proximity to popular campgrounds and Lake Tahoe, I don't think they will spend much of their time in desolation. We will have a gun just in case. Last summer my dad was camping at a lake not too far away and unfortunately he had to shoot a bear when it came into camp 6 times in the span of only a few hours and it started to show aggression toward his dog. Thanks!