October 14, 2020
The Alpha Pak and Camping With Dogs team recently traveled to Aspen, Colorado to capture fall content for our latest products and colors and, of course, enjoy the magnificent fall scenery! Our friends from the Aspen Animal Shelter helped us contact all the wonderful local Aspen dogs for our photo. Here are some highlights from the days of our trip:
Day 1: Independence Pass and Snowmass Village
On the first day we climbed up and over the Independence Pass. We stopped at the Continental Divide at 12,021 feet to take a quick photo of the crew, then headed to Twin Lakes.
On the way up the aisle, we met Harley and Harper, brother and sister Bernedoudles. We caught great content by the Grottos Trail with these two happy puppies.
Harley and Harper were fantastic furry models for our backpacks, and Kara wore one of the new designs from our last launch of Camping With Dogs.
After spending time in the aisle, we headed to Snowmass Village to climb the path of Tom Blake, where there were groves of beautiful yellow aspen trees.
Our furry model on this trip was Buddy, the 13-week-old Bernedoodle. We had completely *unplanned * Bernedoodle theme that day, but we didn’t complain! Little Buddy was the perfect size for modeling Alpha Pak’s extremely small packages in their latest colors.
One thing is true when working with dogs and nature, both are unpredictable. There must therefore be some element of ‘go with the flow’. We came across a gondola that was not working and took advantage of the view. The trees in this view were stunning, and Buddy was a great sport! He, of course, had to take a quick nap on the puppy before returning to the aisle.
The team had a great time shooting in this place and we can’t wait to release these assets! 👀
Day 2: Hike to Lake Cathedral
On day 2, we started brightly and early so we could pick up our canine talent and head to the path of Lake Cathedral in the White River National Forest. Our star models that day were the Bernese Mountain Dog Moose and the rescue dog Tanka! (Again an unplanned Berne theme, but we loved every second)
We all quickly realized that we were dealing with this campaign. The trail starts at 9,900 feet and we climbed 2,000 feet to Lake Cathedral (which was 11,900 feet).
During this day, the crew learned some valuable lessons – the main ones are to always carry more water than you think you need, and not to leave behind the person carrying the snacks.
Most of us agreed that this was one of the most challenging hikes we made, considering the altitude, but it was also the most memorable!
Special thanks to Tanka’s mother, Shereen, for being our guide to the top!
And another big thank you to our friend, Moose, who always made sure we climbed the mountain. He also gained many nicknames during this 5-hour transition, including Moosey, Moose-Bear, Muesli, MooMoo and Moobear. Does anyone else have a list of nicknames for your puppy ?! 🙋🏼♀️😂
Day 3: Animal shelter in Aspen
On the last day of filming, we headed back to the Aspen Animal Shelter to meet Seth, who runs the facilities.
One of the coolest things about this shelter is that they also take care of the boarding house and the care that generates revenue for the shelter’s services. We interviewed Seth and his dogs (he has a total of 10!) And met many local dogs who attend kindergarten on site.
We should also take one of the little ones from the shelter, Baxter, on a hike to a nearby river. He is an 8-month-old boxer mix who was a very good boy. Good news: since we returned from our trip, Baxter has been adopted into a good home! 😊
Overall, our trip was a great success for our two brands. We can’t wait to show you the rest of the great content from our trip, so be sure to follow @campingwithdogs and @myalphapak!