Craig Armstrong is just a guy living in Utah that likes to hike, bike and climb. What makes his story unique is that he happens to do all of these activities with his adopted cat named Millie.
While most cats enjoy lounging around indoors, Millie is always up for an adventure. Armstrong’s climbing partner was adopted from Friends of Animals Utah. In a post on Backcountry.com, Armstrong writes, “She climbed up my back and sat on my shoulders. It took about four seconds to realize we were now partners and would be going on many journeys together.”
The outdoorsy pair has been on several intense hikes including bouldering in Joe’s Valley, climbing Moab Towers together and summiting in The Swell. Sometimes Millie’s cat friend Kenneth also accompanies the duo on their adventures.
Apparently, Armstrong and Millie enjoy the same type of hikes. “It’s a nice bonus that we enjoy the same kinds of climbing and prefer the same areas,” writes Armstrong. “I’m weak, and she doesn’t have opposable thumbs, so we tend to like similar routes: slabby tech routes that require more technique and balance than raw power. It makes planning trips pretty simple.”
Armstrong’s Instagram photos of Millie crawling through crevices and jumping between rocks are pretty incredible. The cat camps with Armstrong in his truck and walks around on a leash and a harness for most of her adventures.
Surprisingly, Millie seems to make the ideal climbing partner. While most people are accustomed to hiking with dogs, Armstrong and Millie prove that a cat can make an exceptional outdoor comrade. “She never complains, no matter how bad it gets. She always wants to go higher, and she pushes herself hard. But she also knows when to stop. When she’s done, she’s done,” writes Armstrong. “And she cuddles at night inside your sleeping bag and keeps you warm.”
We love everything about this adventurous pair.
Have you ever taken your cat on a hike? Share your stories in the comments.
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