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4 paws, 4,000 feet: Cat summits New Hampshire’s tallest mountains

  • In this photo provided by Mel Elam, of North Conway, N.H., Elam carries her cat Floki in her backpack as they descend Mount Bond, in Lincoln, N.H., Jan. 1, 2021. Elam and her cat have made it to the summit of New Hampshire's 48 tallest mountains. Last on their list was Mount Washington, the highest summit in the Northeast at 6,288 feet (1.91 kilometers), which they reached Saturday, June 26, 2021. Elam adopted Floki from a shelter last year after losing another beloved hiking companion, her dog. (Mel Elam via AP) Mel Elam

  • In this photo provided by Mel Elam, Floki, a cat belonging to Elam, of North Conway, N.H., rests on a rock on Mount Garfield, in Franconia, N.H., at sunset on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Elam and Floki have made it to the summit of New Hampshire's 48 tallest mountains. Last on their list was Mount Washington, the highest summit in the Northeast at 6,288 feet (1.91 kilometers), which they reached Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Mel Elam via AP) Mel Elam photograph via ap

  • In this photo provided by Mel Elam, Floki, a cat belonging to Elam, of North Conway, N.H., stands on a rock overlooking Israel Ridge, in Pinkham Notch, N.H., Saturday, June 26, 2021. Elam and Floki have made it to the summit of New Hampshire's 48 tallest mountains. Last on their list was Mount Washington, the highest summit in the Northeast at 6,288 feet (1.91 kilometers), which they reached Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Mel Elam via AP) Mel Elam

  • In this photo provided by Mel Elam, of North Conway, N.H., Elam carries her cat Floki as they hike along a path toward Middle Carter Mountain, in Bean's Purchase, N.H., Friday, March 19, 2021. Elam and her cat have made it to the summit of New Hampshire's 48 tallest mountains. Last on their list was Mount Washington, the highest summit in the Northeast at 6,288 feet (1.91 kilometers), which they reached, Saturday, June 26, 2021. Elam adopted Floki from a shelter last year after losing another beloved hiking companion, her dog. (Mel Elam via AP) Mel Elam

Published: 7/1/2021 9:57:33 PM
Modified: 7/1/2021 9:57:38 PM

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — A cat has made it to the summit of New Hampshire’s 48 tallest mountains, spending parts of the journey peering out from the comfort of her owner’s backpack.

Floki has grown from kitten to cat in the nine months since she and owner Mel Elam, of North Conway, started their journey to the top of the state’s 4,000-footers.

Last on their list was Mount Washington — the highest summit in the Northeast at 6,288 feet, which they reached last Saturday.

“We did it!” Elam posted on social media. She chronicled her “Adventures with Floki,” accompanied by photos and video.

Elam adopted Floki from a shelter last year after losing another beloved hiking companion, her dog. A harness is attached to Floki when she’s in the backpack, and she’s on a leash when walks along a trail. In colder weather, she wore a vest.

“There’s a lot of people that are like, ‘Oh, my gosh. Please tell me that is not it. What are you going to do next? Please keep posting. We love following your adventures,’ ” Elam told WMUR-TV. “And I’m like, ‘Oh no, we’re still going to be out there.’ ”

Elam said she and Floki are considering the “52 With a View,” mountains in New Hampshire with elevations under 4,000 feet and great views.




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