May 27, 2013
Joshua Hantman and his Alaskan Malamute Tikkah are hiking on one of the trails near Philadelphia in this photo. Joshua ordered this pack from us for his first Alaskan Malamute in 2001. He recently sent us the following message:
I bought a Banzai pack thirteen years ago for my first Alaskan Malamute, Tikk. Together we logged roughly a thousand trail miles with your Banzai dog pack, until he passed away four years ago. Unable to cope without a dog wearing your pack, I bought another Alaskan Malamute, a female named Tikkah, who has taken Tikk's name AND dog pack another thousand miles already.
I have used the same pack for two dogs, over grueling trail conditions in all sorts of weather and have been utterly delighted with the quality of the pack. You have my undying devotion and support.
I tell many others I meet on trails about your company's fine product.
March 12, 2009
Dexter is enjoying an outing on the shore of a beautiful river in South Carolina. As you can see, his Banzai dog pack is staying put, even during his flying trot. Dexter is a friend of Kioni, and was mentioned in the blog post for her. This lucky boy is owned by Kristen Smith, who sent us the following message:
I wanted to write and tell you how thrilled I was to receive my Wolf Pack so fast!! Dexter was able to use it this week and I have to tell you it didn't budge once. It fit like a dream and I kept the weight so evenly distributed.
I didn't have to adjust at all and this was the first outing! I have never spent better money than on your pack, and I will only regret it was my second pack and not my FIRST!
Thanks so much for being awesome!
Kristen Smith and Dexter
April 01, 2005
Joanne Sugden and Alice Lister's beautiful Malamutes Diva and BeBe enjoying an adventure in Malham Cove, part of the Yorkshire Dales in England. This is Diva's first outing in her new forest green Banzai dog pack. Joanne says, "She took to it like a duck to water". Diva carried the lighter items while BeBe (who has more backpacking experience) carried the heavier things. Both the girls enjoy wearing their packs, especially when the refreshments come out!
Malham Cove is an incredible spot. It is quite a way inland, near to the Lake district. The Cove itself is about 70 meters above the valley floor. It is thought that it was formed through a combination of ice, glacial meltwater and underground water. The limestone pavement (as shown in the image to the right) sits on top of the cove, and was probably formed in the most recent Ice Age (about 2 million years ago) when glaciers scraped away surface debris. This exposed the limestone and allowed rainwater to erode the joints leaving deep fissures in the rock. As you can see in the photograph, Diva and BeBe had no trouble picking their way across the rounded rock tops.
This is one of Joanne's favorite hikes with spectacular scenery and views.
January 02, 2000
Nanook, an Alaskan Malamute belonging to Darryl & Pam Paskett, enjoys hiking in the Australian bush. He uses a royal blue Banzai pack in size medium during his forays. When they're not hiking with Nanook, Darryl & Pam run a business called Dog Packs Australia. This is what Darryl says about their life and future hiking plans:
I live in sunny Perth in Western Australia with my wife Pam, our six month old son Matthew, and our three and a half year old wolf grey Alaskan Malamute. This is a picture of Nanook wearing his Banzai™ dog pack in our back yard. The first time I put the dog pack on Nanook and took him for a walk, he wasn’t sure what was on his back but quickly got used to the extra width and weight. Nanook can easily carry all of our gear (4 Litres of water, dog and people food, collapsible water bowl, first aid kit, keys, mobile phone, etc.), so when we go hiking in the national parks around Perth the only thing we need to carry is Matthew. The next day trip we have planned is to walk a section of the Bibbulmun Track, which winds it’s way from Kalamunda down through the south west of the state to Albany (963km), which passes through some of the most magnificent forests the state has to offer.
November 19, 1998
Both of these handsome Alaskan Malamute brothers are owned by Elaine Burroughs and Laura Wade of the United Kingdom. Both dogs are involved in sled dog racing, and it sounds like they are a natural team. Here is Nanuk, a black & white Malamute, wearing his royal blue Trekker dog pack during his first pack trip in Wales.
Perching himself on a rock, wolf grey & white Sunka enjoys the rugged Welsh coastline. Like his brother, we wears a royal blue Trekker pack.
You might enjoy Elaine and Laura's comments (see Photos Of Our Dogs) about their dog's packs.
February 28, 1998
Neisha, owned by Gilbert & Sharlene Quintana, on a jungle tour of Subic (where the US bases used to be in the Philippines). Her Reflector dog pack held drinking water, the camera, and snacks. The name Neisha means 'little princess' (American Indian origin), which is fitting for this lovely Alaskan Malamute. We received the following message and the image above from Neisha's owners:
Just thought you might want to see how great your Wolf Pack is doing here in the Philippines. We took Neisha on a jungle tour in Subic (where the US bases used to be here in the Philippines) and we had her carry our drinking water, camera, and snacks. In the attached picture, we forgot that the pack wasn't waterproof, and it was too late when we discovered that the camera was still in there. Good thing someone else had a camera to take this priceless shot.
Gilbert, Sharlene & Neisha
August 29, 1996
Buddy, owned by Charlene LaBelle, author of the book Guide to Backpacking With Your Dog, shows off his forest green Banzai dog pack. Buddy is an Alaskan Malamute bred and shown by Charlene. This picture was taken next to our shop during their visit. Charlene and Buddy have logged many miles with this pack, including an exciting adventure near Devil's Slide in northern California.
July 22, 1996
Kodiak, a beautiful red Malamute owned by Gary Michelsen, romps wildly through deep snow while wearing his XLarge teal Banzai dog pack. Kodiak was only one year old when these shots were taken, but already weighed 142 pounds!
Since first purchasing Kody's pack in July '96, it has seen many trail miles. Their adventures include sections of the Marble Mountain Wilderness, Trinity Alps Wilderness, Mammoth Mountain, much of the Eastern Sierra, Cucamonga, and Sheep Mountain Wilderness in the San Gabriel Mountains. These two photos were taken on a trip in the Cucamonga Wilderness, CA.