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millie the rock climbing cat
Credit: Credit to Craig Armstrong's Instagram: instagram.com/pechanga

Everybody knows that dogs are great partners for outdoor adventures, but cats...Usually not so much. However, for 37-year-old Craig Armstrong of Salt Lake City, Utah he may have found one of the few cats that make for a good outdoor companion.

Armstrong first adopted Millie as a little kitten. He was a man that enjoyed his freedom and could fit everything he owned in the back of his truck. He always knew that if he were to get a pet, it would be a cat so that he could continue to enjoy his freedom. Millie was his first pet, but it seems it was a match made in heaven. Instead of just keeping Millie in the house while he went on outings, he brought her along on some simple climbing trips, or as he calls them, catting trips. As it turns out, Millie loves to climb. Armstrong states he still goes on hardcore climbs that are for him, but catting trips are done at a more casual pace that are more for Millie to enjoy without worrying about injury or accidents.

While these climbing trips are not as big of a rush, Armstrong states that it causes him to slow down and enjoy nature and the company of his cat. Since cats do not generally always come when called, he has to keep an eye on her and keep up with her pace. However, it is also his job to watch out for predators both on the ground and in the air, which are always a worry for outdoor cats.

Millie has successfully climbed places like the Devil's Golf Ball, Ferguson Canyon and Stansbury Mountain in the winter. Armstrong has slowly been taking Millie on more challenging climbs, with their next adventure being the West Slabs of Mount Olympus in the Salt Lake Valley. It seems this clever little adventurer is only getting better at climbing and Armstrong is lucky to have himself such a dedicated climbing partner.

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