First of all, I owe this hunt to a good partner.
A friend of mine stepped up to help me out on a goat hunt which he had no tag for. The terrain for goat hunting as you know can be daunting, especially if considering going it alone. I had never hunted with my friend but know him well enough to have felt comfortable with him as a partner. He helped with planning the climb, carrying the weight as if he himself had the tag. When we came to tough terrain during the climb he was willing to lead and find new routes. He is 15 years younger than I and was willing to go my pace even though it was obviously slower than his (I consider myself in good shape, not great and maybe 10 pounds overweight). He was patient and was always in touch. When it came to the final pitch, I slipped on some rocks, but he had tossed a rope down just for safety measures. It was not really a technical climb, but my foothold gave out (I should have lost a couple more pounds ). The rope kept me from slipping and possibly getting hurt or at least discouraged.
After shooting the goat he said he wanted to practice, so he skinned the beast. He did not hestitate when sharing the load for the hike down.
Being relatively new to Alaska, I have done most of my hunting alone. I do not have a regular partner. My friend has his own hunting partners but was willing to go with me in between his own hunts. I look forward to the day I can say I have a reliable hunting partner, and if I am lucky, I will have one as awesome as my friend. I will keep looking.
More details and pics to come...