This is a tribute to Wister: Ruff Wear Ambassador, athlete, and friend. 

Wister in his natural habitat
Wister in his natural habitat

Wister and I first met at the Outdoor Retailer show in January of 2010. There were plenty of dogs wandering the aisles at the show, but this guy was special. Not only did he have a great smile, but how many dogs out there are listed as a guide on Exum’s website?

Wister was the most accomplished four-legged climber I’d met. It was impressive to learn that he’d climbed to the summit of Gannett Peak, the highest point in Wyoming, six times! From what I understand, the Wind River range was his second home. He also loved to ski, and shared many snowy adventures with his parents Amy and Forrest.

As a Ruff Wear athlete in his golden years, Wister did a thorough job testing and promoting our Climate Changer™ fleece jacket and Highlands Bed™. When I visited him during a ski trip to Jackson Hole this winter, it was clear that he took his lounging very seriously. I know he appreciated being warm and cozy in his gear!

Even as a senior citizen, Wister was willing to demonstrate the safety and relative comfort of our DoubleBack™ harness while dangling from the rock wall at Outdoor Retailer. He was super-mellow, having experienced this sort of thing in the past while canyoneering with Forrest. What a dog!

I was very sad to learn that Wister passed away last week after 13 years of epic adventuring. A group of his best friends skinned up to the summit of Mt. Glory to share stories and spread his ashes in his favorite place to ski.

Wister, you were a grand dog with an excellent sense of adventure. Happy trails to you!

Amy spreading Wister's ashes on Mt. Glory / Photo by Bradly Boner
Amy spreading Wister's ashes on Mt. Glory / Photo by Bradly Boner
Happy trails to you, Wister / Photo by Bradly Boner
Happy trails to you, Wister / Photo by Bradly Boner