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This is not the hardest walk I’ve had in terms of effort, but certainly the most stressful, even probably the most stupid (in hindsight).

The surface conditions were in no way suitable for my footwear. The snow was compacted, or had surface melting that had refrozen, meaning I spent most of the walk on ice. Every set of steps was either a slope, or had a slope of ice on the ridge of the step meaning a footing was never completely stable…

I slid quite a few times, fell quite badly once… I guess I must have dragged my arm awkwardly as initially I lost feeling and strength in my right hand and lower arm, then I had tingling, then less than 5 minutes later it felt 100% fine. You can see that fall after 7:00 mins.

I am recovering from a rib injury, so my priority was to try to fall away from that area, and not to injure Jones if I slid into him.

I did have some ‘choice’ language, I have beeped that out. :)


The full walk video, edited down to a tidy 26 minutes.

But anyway, it was a really enjoyable walk and I am happy to have shared the experience with Jones. He’s a very good dog, with a deep understanding of what I need when walking. Hindsight tells me that I need to take more care of myself and my dog in future, with either an equipment upgrade to cope with ice, or knowing when to stay home, or turn back.

Those are the basic commands you’ll hear:

Steady = do not pull, usually when going downhill.
Walk = when he wants to run, I tell him no.
Wait = stop and only continue when I start to move.
Up = climb and/or pull me up a slope.
Aht aht = general “no” sound.


Uncut video of the most treacherous section. Very steep stairs with ice all over them.

The walk took place at Starved Rock State Park, which is a BEAUTIFUL area about one hour west of my home.

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