I have to begin this by thanking everyone here. I haven't posted much but for the past year and a half I've been reading everything you folks have written about sheep hunting. Just about every piece of equipment I used I learned about here. Again, thank you all!
I had a great hunt with guide Blake Trangmoe, asst guide Cale Trangmoe and my cousin Dave, and with their deft assistance and despite my glaring inadequecies I actually took a decent ram. Full curl on the right, broomed on the left, and a beautiful critter all the way round. We saw bigger rams, but this one will do nicely.
The hunt nearly killed this flatlander and my knees haven't recovered yet. To my surprise we climbed all night long every night to get above the rams by first light. We slept when we could (usually on the mountain mid-dayish, while the sheep were doing the same.) The day I shot my ram we left camp at midnight and climbed for 5 1/2 hours in the dark (read: no headlamps). Ran into a belligerent cow moose in the creek bottom at about 1:30am and did a little dance with her for a few minutes. Over the next 4 hours we gained just over 1700 feet and covered about 3 miles according to my gps. Got to where we wanted to be just at dawn and found the big ram we had been watching the evening before had moved all the way to the top--540 yds above us. Tried to close the distance but the closer we got the harder it was to get on him--smart critters those old rams. He knew right where to hang out. Ran into the one I killed later that morning. Saw him first at 350yds and ultimately made the shot at a whopping 15yds. BTW--3.5x is way too much magnification at 15 yds! Awesome hunt but I doubt I could hack another like it. I worked out for nearly a year, lost 15 lbs and thought I was in pretty fair sheep shape for being nearly 47. Wrong! The Chugach Mountains just plain kicked my arse. My companions, Alaskans all, skipped around those slopes like they were part sheep. I just stumbled along behind them as best I could. Glad I did it but if there is another sheep hunt in my future I'll be spending more time in the gym and on the hills than I did this time!