I'll attempt to keep this relatively short and sweet from the long version I typed up for family and friends, I'll also let my partner tell his own story since his ram required some real blood and sweat....you'll see what I mean.
Arrived in Fairbanks with one day to play with to pack our gear and confirm my zero. Long story short my scope was jacked up, wouldn't hold a zero, after the hunt loose base screws was discovered to be the most likely culprit (I didn't loctite them when I got it because I was excited to go shoot my new Leupold ultralight....idiot). Luckily my buddy had his trusty 300 win mag, which is an absolute beast, heavy barrel, huge scope. I took 3 shots with it at the range, the last at 354 yds, 5 in low and 2 in left...dead sheep any day. I knew I was going to be leaving behind my lightweight Tikka 300WSM and adding another 3-4lbs to my load in, but the piece of mind was priceless.
As others have mentioned Wright Air was great, and we showed up early on the 8th and were able to get a flight out 5 hours earlier than our scheduled time. Amazingly we got in before the weather destroyed us for our entire trip....of course we were in the AK range. The crappy weather helped us as I dont think many other hunters were able to get in the next 2 days with all the clouds/fog/rain/snow/sleet/etc.
After our hike in the next day revealed about 40 sheep on the mountain we were planning on hunting....probably 4 or 5 shooters in the bunch, some too close for our liking but we had to get closer. We packed up at midnight and began our hike under the cover of darkness and snow since there was no way we could get close during daylight without being busted. At 3AM we were on top of the mountain in a **** blizzard. We sat wet and cold until noon, saw a bunch of sheep only one of them shooters, but our optics were trashed (foggy and wet) and the legal sheep just vanished on us into the snow. They already busted us as we were a little careless because we were so cold and were moving too fast...then again I don't know that our optics would have helped us spot them due to the conditions. I also got chilblains on my big toe and hands that is still irritating me from that day. Anyhow, we made it back to the tent at noon and took a 5 hour nap. We awoke at 5PM and to our amazement there were about 20 sheep from 250-500yds from our tent...which was very low. Weather might have pushed them down. I also had my whitesuit laid out on my trekking poles to dry out. By complete accident, it actually looked a little like a sheep so it might have kept them at ease being so low. After spotting them for an hour or so I finally decided I would shoot a heavy horned ram that I was 95% sure was double broomed. The one horn just looked weird, like it was broken, but I wasn't 100%. By the time I decided to shoot, he was 454 yds, and he red over the ridge. I spent the next 3 hours low crawling and on my hands and knees crawling up a small creek trying to stay out of sight. Bottom line, I got stuck in the creek and could not go any further without being in plain sight so I waited till dark and moved back to the tent.