Alaska on my mind.
In my previous post I announced that I had taken the plunge and booked not one but two mountain hunts. I still can’t believe it. Dall Sheep and Grizzly in Alaska this September and Stone Sheep and Mountain Goat in B.C. in 2017. Talk about going off the deep end, I may have set the bar pretty high with this shenanigan.
The whole story is that I believed all along that I would do a mountain hunt of some kind this year. I had my eye on Mountain Goat and/or Mountain Caribou for this year and I had begun my physical preparation accordingly. Then, without any notion that it was even possible, the right doors opened and sheep became the primary quarry with possibility of a big old Grizzly as a bonus. In any case, much of the preparation is the same so, hi-ho, hi-ho it’s off to work I go. Work that includes huge doses of hiking with my over-loaded pack, daily strength training, countless arrows sent downrange as well as regular practice with the rifles (just in case). In reality, although I call it work it is really a labor of love.
This work continued today with 3 solid miles of up and down terrain with my Mystery Ranch Metcalf packed out to 65 pounds. Man, this thing is comfortable. Really, really comfortable. Mystery Ranch has it all figured out.
One other product I would like to mention and highly recommend is my boots. I have chosen to use the Schnee’s Granite for these mountain hunts and I must brag on them for a brief moment. My experience has found them to be sturdy but extremely comfortable right out of the box. At this point, I have put around 50 miles on mine in varying terrain with and with out loads and have not even experienced the first hot spot much less a blister.
I suppose that is enough of the product placement for the moment but I will fill in the blanks on all of my gear as time passes. I will make it clear that I am not sponsored by any of these companies and any endorsement or other opinion I may give is strictly the result of my personal experience with the product and company, good or otherwise.