Jul 1, 2009 at 2:15 am #1237460
I got lucky and ended up with 3 days off during the middle of the week. I work nights but I tried to make the best of it and got to the trail head at 9 PM. This was my first hiking experience alone at night and I found I would much rather sleep at night than hike. That said I set up camp, after only 2 hours on the trail, just past Lena lake and soon after I got under my quilt it started to rain. I woke up early and started to make my way towards Brothers mountain in light intermittent rain.
The weather was poor on the mountain with high winds, rain, and dense clouds.
I lost the main route to the summit because I missed a blaze and the clouds blocked the view of the saddle and other landmarks completely but I still continued on. Finally, since I was alone, half lost and wet, I made the smart decision to turn around and head back. after only 30 min into my decent the weather started to open up and I saw my missed blaze.
Then it really opened up and I was finally able to look around and see just how close I came to the top before I turned around.
With the weather getting nicer by the minute the wildlife started to check things out.
On my second night I stayed at the brothers mountain base camp on lena creek fork.
Later that evening a familiar face visited my camp.
The next day, on my way out, I saw some packs that really made me appreciate my ultra light load.
Jul 1, 2009 at 4:37 am #1511470
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Thanks for sharing your experience again. You are starting this reputation as the goat guy, great shot of your high altitude visitor. I really enjoyed the spy shot of the anonymous weight lifters and their caravan sized backpacks.Jul 1, 2009 at 8:40 am #1511496
I know, wheres all the mountain lions and bears and stuff. I swear I'm not bringing a salt lick up there.Jul 2, 2009 at 4:32 am #1511674
can I do it myself or does a moderator have to do this. It should say June instead of July. Thanks.Jul 2, 2009 at 7:25 am #1511684
Hey Matthew – nice report.
How tame are those goats? It seems fairly relaxed with you in those pics – can you pet it? Are you sure it isn't just your pet that you bring on trips? ;)Jul 2, 2009 at 7:54 am #1511690
@dsmontgomeryLocale: one snowball away from big trouble
I agree it's suspicious. You have a pack-goat, don't you Matt. It's cool, I just think you should share your source so can all get them. :)Jul 2, 2009 at 11:12 am #1511714
LOL, nope I haven't pet one yet. This one was a male. He got very close many times but never made any signs he was going to charge which he later did.
I guess they love/need salt and will dig up and lick the spot where you urinate for a long time. I hung out in that area for an hour and a half and he stayed with me the whole time. Then I left him behind and walked the 2 miles back to camp. About an hour later he showed up again we were fine with each other until I went to hang my bear line. When I came back to camp it was dark and I kind of startled him.
I took another step to get a picture and he started to kind of snort. Then he reared up and charged me. He was about 10 feet away so I dove sideways and ran behind a tree. I was scared he was going to charge again so I took lots of flash photos, threw sticks and yelled to try to get him out of my camp. I had to do this many times because he just wasn't scared of me.
After he was gone I was shaking pretty good from the adrenaline rush and when I went to sleep that night I shut the door on my DuoMid.Jul 3, 2009 at 5:04 am #1511858
Thanks for the clarification. I had visions of you sitting against a tree, eating a piece of beef jerky…goat lying beside you with your arm around him. :)
Looking at those horns, they can probably do some major damage…that's your pic up on the MLD website, isn't it?Jul 3, 2009 at 11:30 am #1511913
LOL, hopefully that will be my dog and I this weekend. We're going up to Talapus and Island lakes at Snoqualmie pass WA.
Yeah, Those are my pics on Both Gossamergear.com and Mountainlaureldesigns.com. I was pretty happy about that.
Speaking of MLD, my Exodos pack shipped on Wednesday. I can't wait to use it.Jul 16, 2009 at 5:57 pm #1514410
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
Great photos and great story. Every time I see "traditional packs" I remember the old days, and am thankful that I have seen the light.
TomJul 18, 2009 at 5:32 am #1514755
Thanks Thomas. Those packs were huge. Some of the largest I've seen. I don't think I could even make it a mile with a pack like that.Nov 9, 2009 at 1:01 am #1543957
those packs are hilarious.
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