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My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

Meet Millie and Craig Armstrong, an inseparable mountain-climbing team - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner EverMost pet cats will become timid or defensive when outdoors, but not Millie – after being adopted by her mountain-climbing owner Craig Armstrong, Millie has become a feline hiking and mountain-climbing legend.

She literally loves to climb things… if there’s high-ground she’ll seek it out,” Armstrong said in an interview with Bored Panda. He had nothing but praise for the tenacious little athlete: “Generally she does best on slabby routes where she can scramble from ledge to ledge. She’s an incredible athlete but steep juggy routes just aren’t her thing. When bouldering, though, she’s done some pretty amazing gaps and dynos.

Meet Millie and Craig Armstrong, an inseparable mountain-climbing team
Meet Millie and Craig Armstrong, an inseparable mountain-climbing team - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

Meet Millie and Craig Armstrong, an inseparable mountain-climbing team - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

Like any other cat, Millie loves to explore. Unlike most other cats, Millie also likes to scale cliffs, climb mountains and investigate crags
Like any other cat, Millie loves to explore. Unlike most other cats, Millie also likes to scale cliffs, climb mountains and investigate crags - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

Like any other cat, Millie loves to explore. Unlike most other cats, Millie also likes to scale cliffs, climb mountains and investigate crags - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

Millie’s gear consists of a harness, a leash and some rope
Millie’s gear consists of a harness, a leash and some rope - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

Millie’s gear consists of a harness, a leash and some rope - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

“I go on a lot of weekend climbing adventures. I always figured when I have a pet friend, I’ll take her with me,” Craig told Bored Panda
“I go on a lot of weekend climbing adventures. I always figured when I have a pet friend, I’ll take her with me,” Craig told Bored Panda - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

“I go on a lot of weekend climbing adventures. I always figured when I have a pet friend, I’ll take her with me,” Craig told Bored Panda - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

“Generally she does best on slabby routes where she can scramble from ledge to ledge. She’s an incredible athlete, she does some big jumps and gaps”
“Generally she does best on slabby routes where she can scramble from ledge to ledge. She’s an incredible athlete, she does some big jumps and gaps” - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

Millie’s friend Kenneth leading a pitch in the American South-West
Millie’s friend Kenneth leading a pitch in the American South-West - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

Millie’s friend Kenneth leading a pitch in the American South-West - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

“Millie has all the qualities a good climbing partner should have. She never complains, no matter how bad it gets. She always wants to go higher, and she pushes herself hard. But she also knows when to stop”
“Millie has all the qualities a good climbing partner should have. She never complains, no matter how bad it gets. She always wants to go higher, and she pushes herself hard. But she also knows when to stop” - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

“Millie has all the qualities a good climbing partner should have. She never complains, no matter how bad it gets. She always wants to go higher, and she pushes herself hard. But she also knows when to stop” - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

“I stay close when dogs come around but, like any little one, you have to let them learn how to defend themselves, so I let her stand her ground sometimes. I do worry about snakes but we haven’t had that encounter yet”
“I stay close when dogs come around but, like any little one, you have to let them learn how to defend themselves, so I let her stand her ground sometimes. I do worry about snakes but we haven’t had that encounter yet” - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

“I stay close when dogs come around but, like any little one, you have to let them learn how to defend themselves, so I let her stand her ground sometimes. I do worry about snakes but we haven’t had that encounter yet” - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

“Start slow outside: a local park was first. I’d run from tree to tree and get her to follow. This got her used to being outside and following me around”
“Start slow outside: a local park was first. I’d run from tree to tree and get her to follow. This got her used to being outside and following me around” - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

“Start slow outside: a local park was first. I’d run from tree to tree and get her to follow. This got her used to being outside and following me around” - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

“She doesn’t like wide-open spaces with no cover, so I’d take her to a big island in the Great Sale Lake, get out of the truck, and start hiking up a hill. Rather than be alone out in the open, she’d follow me”
“She doesn’t like wide-open spaces with no cover, so I’d take her to a big island in the Great Sale Lake, get out of the truck, and start hiking up a hill. Rather than be alone out in the open, she’d follow me” - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

“She doesn’t like wide-open spaces with no cover, so I’d take her to a big island in the Great Sale Lake, get out of the truck, and start hiking up a hill. Rather than be alone out in the open, she’d follow me” - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

“It’s taken a lot of practice and many trips to get Millie to the point where she follows me down a trail past areas like thickets that would have distracted her otherwise. Put your agenda away, be prepared to move slowly and explore the world around you at a smaller, slower pace.”
“It’s taken a lot of practice and many trips to get Millie to the point where she follows me down a trail past areas like thickets that would have distracted her otherwise. Put your agenda away, be prepared to move slowly and explore the world around you at a smaller, slower pace.” - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

“It’s taken a lot of practice and many trips to get Millie to the point where she follows me down a trail past areas like thickets that would have distracted her otherwise. Put your agenda away, be prepared to move slowly and explore the world around you at a smaller, slower pace.” - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

“Whether she’s following me or I’m following her I generally just stay close enough to rescue her from trouble. I love that little furball and I’d be traumatized if something bad happened, so I stay close.”
“Whether she’s following me or I’m following her I generally just stay close enough to rescue her from trouble. I love that little furball and I’d be traumatized if something bad happened, so I stay close.” - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

After a long day of training, it’s time for the mountain-climbing duo to relax. That is, until their next hike
After a long day of training, it’s time for the mountain-climbing duo to relax. That is, until their next hike - My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

We’d like to thank Craig Armstrong for the interview and beautiful photos, and backcountry.com, where Armstrong works, for sharing Millie’s story with the world.

Source: Bored Panda
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