"In North America there is one large animal that belongs almost entirely to the realm of towering rock and unmelting snow. Pressing hard against the upper limit of life's possibilities, it exists higher and steeper throughout the year than any other big beast on the continent. It is possibly the best and most complete mountaineer that ever existed on any continent. Oreamnos americanus is its scientific name. Its common name is mountain goat." -Douglas H. Chadwick
My dad had seen him the year before while hunting moose with my sister and knew he was huge. I had five days between my hunts so time was limited. I missed day one because I was on the last flight and weather set in, which put us further behind schedule.
Day two I organized Whit’s gear and made him use most of mine cause his wouldn’t have held up, and we glassed the mountain because it is not a fun mountain to climb and I needed a proper plan (the year before I was on that mountain and hit bad weather for over a week and it kicked my butt).
Day three we climbed, one solid push with our gear arriving to my spot in the dark and without water.
Day 4 was out only day to actually hunt. Rain, snow, hail, 50-mile-per-hour winds, but we found the goat and Whit made an instant kill shot. It was eerie how the storm quit only moments after the shot, by the time we got to the goat, the storm lifted and left us an amazing view with a rainbow for pictures.
Day 5 we were hiking back whether we had the goat or not. Whit was beat and couldn’t carry much. My pack was overloaded to the point that I collapsed 200-yards before the finish line (it’s only happened a couple times), but I made it to the boat for my own pride. My dad couldn’t put my pack in the boat by himself and he had to get his other client to help. I spent the boat ride to the cabin shaking in the bottom of the boat from exhaustion and had to be helped out and into the cabin. Whatever it takes for goats!
Even though he had poor hair, I cut him for a life size hoping Whit would get the hint, he gave the old boy the justice he deserved.