What have you been doing for the past nine months? Did you finally get around to organizing That One Closet? Train for a 10k? That’s cool, this rescue cat and her owner summited all 48 of New Hampshire’s tallest mountains. Every single mountain the daring duo climbed was more than 4,000 feet tall, and even through rain and snow, they persisted.
Floki’s owner Mel Elam is an avid hiker. For years, Mel hiked and climbed with her trusty dog by her side. After Mel’s pup passed away, she adopted Floki from a shelter. Maybe, Mel hoped, the rambunctious kitten would share her love of nature.
Anyone who has ever owned a cat is understandably laughing at Mel’s confidence in the wide-eyed kitten. Cats aren’t exactly known for their cooperative nature, nor are they keen on being exposed to the elements. But Floki is no ordinary cat – she dove head-first into adventures with her human, embracing the thrill of the climb every step of the way.
Mel and Floki quickly gained a following on their Facebook page, Adventures with Floki. The unusual team warmed hearts around the world, with fans eagerly awaiting photos from their latest escapades. Mel aimed to climb New Hampshire’s 48 tallest mountains with her trusty sidekick, and in just nine months, they hit their goal.
During hikes, Floki is safely harnessed, frequently riding in Mel’s backpack. She’s free to explore on her leash when conditions allow and even has the proper gear to stay safe and warm during colder treks (in addition to her built-in fur coat). Though Mel and Floki hit their initial goal, Mel reassures her fans that the duo’s adventures are far from over.
“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? Pease [sic] keep posting. We love following your adventures.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh no, we’re still going to be out there,’” Mel told WMUR-TV.
Starting with, according to Mel, New Hampshire’s “52 With A View.” 52 Mountains under 4,000 feet, each with a stunning view when hikers reach the summit. Good news for fans of Floki, the adventurous pair’s newest goal means that there are plenty of adorable photos to come.