Chappie’s Maiden Hike in the Jade 38

Okay, so I just couldn’t wait any longer. Chappie was brought home last Monday, and my Gregory Mountain Products Pack had come in about a week before that and I was dying to get the two together! Our friend, Kerri, came up with an excellent idea to do a photo shoot of Chappie and I on a mini-hike, with Chappie in my new pack! So this past Sunday evening, I geared up and headed out to meet Kerri, Sydney and Goose at a trail head off Idaho Road here in Apache Junction, Arizona.

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So at first, Chappie was a little shy. But eventually, he stuck his head out of the top of my pack and looked around. We headed up a small mountain with Chappie, Goose, Hope and our two daughters, Maddy and Sydney, in tow. Once at the top, the photo shoot commenced! Needless to say, we found that Chappie was as much of a little model as his brother from another mother, Goose! After a few shots in my pack, we proceeded to let Chappie sniff around the rocks (we were standing on a flat area and watching his every move!) and took a couple shots of him exploring with his fur-siblings and my daughter, Maddy. He drank like a camel out of the Ruffwear Bivy Bowl then tried to scurry up the hill even higher! Once we heard the coyotes yipping off in the not so far off distance, we knew it was time to head back. Kerri and I took turns carrying Chappie down the little mountain just to be safe. Once back in the car, Chappie and Hope passed out in the back seat in the comfort of a camouflage blanket and the air conditioning.

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Chappie’s “ride” up the mountain was the Gregory Mountain Products Jade 38 pack. We won this pack in a contest on Facebook through the page, Gear Junkie. It came in our favorite color, which is teal, and it was the perfect fit in a women’s size small. Probably what I like the most about this pack are the following things:

  • Storage: The Jade 38 pack has many areas for storage. Matter of fact, I feel like I find a new storage compartment every time I open it up! There is even a nifty little clip for your keys in the top pocket. Which is amazing because we all know we rummage for our keys in our purses/packs, and at the end of a long hike who wants to do that? If I can fit all my gear, my bulky camera AND a puppy in this pack, that should be proof enough it has a decent storage capacity.
  • Support: With its internalย  frame, x-frame structure and enhanced lumbar foam layering, you get some excellent load bearing support. With all the gear I had in my pack, and a 5 pound puppy, you would think I would feel the weight. But I didn’t. The hip straps sat perfectly, well, on my hips and they basically hugged my hips when clipped together. It was a snug, secure fit. And at the end of the night, my back wasn’t killing me like it had been before with my retired, “Outdoor Products” pack.
  • Rain Cover and Ventilation: This pack comes with a rain cover which also has an external zippered pouch for small accessory storage. The 3D suspended back mesh panel helps so your back is not pressed up against the pack itself and it breathes nicely! I even feel like that mesh panel helps with added support.

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Needless to say, Chappie’s first “hike” was spectacular. We had great friends, awesome gear, our amazing pups and a beautiful sunset! I would recommend the Jade 38 pack to any woman wanting to get out on the trail, carry a lot, but not feel like you are carrying a thing. And don’t worry Men, they have plenty of packs available for you as well.

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At the end of the day, nothing beats a beautiful sunset with family and friends! Thank you Kerri Irwin (Dusty Desert Dogs) for taking all the photo’s in this post!

You can find out more about Gregory Mountain Products and the Jade 38 pack HERE

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45 Comments Add yours

  1. That sounds like a great pack and Chappie is so adorable in it!

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    1. It’s pretty awesome! Would recommend it to anyone. Chappie has grown a little since then lol but he fit in it so perfectly! Thanks for reading!

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  2. dustydesertdogs says:

    seriously the cutest dang puppy, and I love that pack!!!!

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    1. Now hes a little turd hahaha. I am so lucky to have won this!

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  3. Rochelle says:

    Oh my goodness – CHAPPIE! I’m in love! What a sweet face and I love that first “shy” photo. Great pack, too!

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    1. Tee-hee. Thank you Rochelle. He is a sweetheart! And the pack isn’t too bad either ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. How cool. I’ve never seen this product. Great photos too.

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    1. Its a good product, as is all their gear. I won this pack in a contest on Facebook. Lucky me! My friend Kerri took the photos for us…isn’t she awesome?

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  5. That looks like a great pack! And gorgeous photos. I bet it was a fun hike. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. It is an awesome pack. I love it and am so fortunate to have won it. The hike itself was only about an hour long but it was so fun!

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  6. Chappie is just adorable and this pack looks great for a hike in such beautiful surrounds.

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    1. Thank you so much @pawesomecats =)

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  7. Sounds like a useful pack and I understand this is a product review but why carry him the entire way? Did he follow you at all or is he too young?

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    1. Yes, he was only about 7 weeks old at the time. I brought him home at 6 weeks because his mother was rejecting him and the rest of the litter. He had his first distemper-parvo vaccination but I did not want to take any chances by letting him down on the ground as it only takes a micro sized germ of Parvo to infect a dog. I highly doubt anyone was bringing a sick dog into the Goldfield Mountains but..you never know! That, and we did climb some semi-steep rocks that day and it would have been too much for his little legs just yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. Chappie is adorable and that pack looks great.He fits in it well too.

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    1. Thanks so much! Yeah, he wouldn’t fit in there now haha. But he did for a couple weeks at least ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. I love these photos! Chappie is adorable. I had a similar pack for my daughter when she was little

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    1. Thank you! My friend Kerri took the photos for us, she rocks! Cool about your pack for your daughter. Eventually I will get my oldest daughter one. She is 7 and likes coming out with me on the trail from time to time.

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  10. That looks spectacular and Chappie is just adorable. The pack looks like a really good one.

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    1. It is a great pack! I know I will have it for years to come. And thank you, Chappie is a heartbreaker that’s for sure!

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  11. sadieandco says:

    That looks like a beautiful day! Beautiful packs (pups and carrier).

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    1. It was! Arizona sunsets are always so magical. Thank you!

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  12. Cathy Armato says:

    Chappie is absolutely adorable! So sweet. Nice back pack, I love the colors.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. Thank you so much!! I won the pack so I wasn’t sure what color it was going to come in so when it showed up in my favorite colors I was SO excited =)

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  13. Ruth Epstein says:

    Sounds like an great hike, love the photographs and love the back pack, I am going to check them out for Madam which will make my life so much easier

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  14. Dash Kitten says:

    If it works for the pup then it works for us. This is a terrific review – yes I hate losing my keys in my backpack and having lots of pockets and storage areas is a HUGE help for someone like me.

    Your pup is adorable and, having visited Arizona, we are glad they had plenty of water!

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    1. Thanks so much Dash Kitten! Yes, we always travel with plenty of water and have our water filtration device as well just in case. But..with a 2L hydration pack and usually 2 more Nalgene sized jugs of water…we do pretty well. Cant be caught without water here in AZ!

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  15. Jana Rade says:

    Looks like a beautiful place.

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    1. AZ Has some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. BUT. It is way too hot here in the summers for my liking. Here we are almost in October and its still over 100 degrees most days!

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  16. Chappie is adorable, I’m glad he liked his first hike! The backpack looks great too.

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  17. I am definitely looking into that pack for my little one! This is awesome, what a gorgeous hike!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it’s a great pack and we are so fortunate to have won it. We usually can’t spend too much on supplies but this one would have definitely been worth the money if I had to have paid for it myself. Made me realize the saying “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be more true!

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  18. raisingyourpetsnaturally says:

    Wow! that is so cool. I think my 27 pound boy might be a wee too heavy. Darn.

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    1. LOL You might be able to squeeze him in the main compartment of the pack ๐Ÿ˜‰ My JRT is about 16lbs and she can fit herself in my small purse when she wants to. Haha.

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  19. Robin says:

    Aww! So cute! This looks like the perfect pack for Chappie. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad he had a great first hike. He is just adorable with his head peeking out of the back pack.

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    1. Thanks so much Robin. He is growing so fast and will be going on his first “real” hike with us in 2 weeks. We will take plenty of photos and drum up a post about how it all went.

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  20. Chappie is adorable. I’m looking forward to seeing him grow up and go with you on hikes.

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    1. Thank you! He has grown so much and we will be going on our first real hike in two weeks. We are going with our friend and her pups and backpacking for a couple days. It’s a first for me and Hope as well so…should be an interesting experience! It will be a ‘must-read’ blog post for sure!

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  21. What a fabulous hike… and as if Chappie wasn’t cute enough – that photo at the top with his eye/ear popping out of the Jade 38 is sooooo cute!

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    1. Thank you! My friend noticed that as soon as she walked up and was like OH WAIT!! Let me get this shot! I couldn’t see what he was doing so as you can imagine, my heart melted when I saw the photo as well.

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  22. Bryn Nowell says:

    Meeeeeep!!!!! I am in love with these photos! Thanks for sharing your first trek with the new pup! The pack sounds awesome! What is it’s weight limitation?

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    1. Tee-hee thank you Bryn! I am so thankful I have great friends who are skilled in photography and can help take photos when I can’t. This pack is a 40L pack. Packs are measured in volume, not weight so that is why everything is measured in Liters. Hope that helped!

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  23. Squee! I had a hard time looking away from Chappie in this post, I must admit. โ˜บ That looks like a cool pack for a small dog (I was just telling my husband I want to get one for my senior chi chi, but a front carrier, and only for jaunts around town. He looked at me like I was nuts. Whatever; he’s a dork). Looks like you had a fun day! I love AZ; went on a road trip around the state after BlogPaws.

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    1. That is so funny Elizabeth. My man looks at me like I am nuts as well when it comes to all these products and getting them to suit my dogs. BUT recently, HE said we needed a bigger vehicle. Not for more kids, but so our DOG could fit better lol. I am rubbing off on him ๐Ÿ˜‰ Chappie and I thank you for the love, and maybe we will see you at the next BlogPaws that comes to AZ!

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