Does the name Jean Luc Piccat ring a bell? If Star Trek came to mind, you’re not too far off. Jean Luc, an adventure-hungry Bengal cat, lives in Seattle and has earned notoriety for taking after the adventurous spirit of his namesake Jean Luc Picard, Captain of the starship USS Enterprise-D.

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His expeditions through the mountains of the Pacific Northwest are a bit more earth-focused than Picard’s, but certainly no less risky. Jean Luc’s “continuing mission, (is) to explore strange new trails. To seek out new mountains and new trail-side snacks. To boldly go where no cat has gone before,” according to his Washington Trail Association profile. At least not domestic house cats, anyway.

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Along the way, he interacts with creatures both man and beast and has become an accomplished hiker even by the standards of his outdoors-y hometown of Seattle. Along with owner Mike Kempton, the pair recently conquered Washington’s Mailbox Peak Trail. Jean Luc, a captain in every sense, put together a detailed trip report of the pair’s brave mission complete with a photo of him atop the mailbox itself.

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As it turns out, Jean Luc is the purrfect hiking companion and proves dogs aren’t the only animals that make for outdoor adventure buddies. Follow his ongoing travels via Instagram.

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