I can see past all the complaining of overcrowding, limited access, tough conditions, lack of permit drawing success, etc., and realize how lucky we are in Alaska to have the opportunities and the experiences that we can have every year hunting in this great state. You never truely realize how good things are until you see somebody that has an absolute passion for it be limited by health and disease. A person that I really admire and have enjoyed being in the field with has become very ill and has a very long, uphill battle to get better. He is a large forum contributor here and has helped countless people over the years not only on this forum, but in the field both training and rescuing.
I know him as Pat, but most of you know him as AK Nimrod. He has been having health issues as of late, and recently was sent home on medivac from the slope with a collapsed lung. Since then they have found a tumor on his heart, spots on his lungs and he has developed a rare form of cancer called sarcoma. He is scheduled to head to the mayo clinic in Minn. to see a specialist and get a professional opinion on his condition.
Appreciate what you have, enjoy your time afield, and when you get the opportunity, say a prayer for those who have fallen ill, injured and lose the ability to do what we do. This probably belongs more in the global discussion, but I know several people do not frequent that site and would not see this over there, so I posted here. If the mods see fit to move it, go ahead.
If any of you know Pat or want to keep appraised of his condition, his family has set up a website to keep everybody updated. The link is http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/PatrickMcCabe
Get well my friend, the Ivishak will be calling you this August!