Re: Pack Goats
Did some goat trading. Swapped a small 2012 Saanan for a mature Alpine/Nubian cross. This sucker weighs around 200 lbs. Uglier than all get out but a great goat. One more trade and I'll be done. Have a 3 yr old registered Alpine doe that is a good packer. She's about 165 pounds. Have conditioned her to 35 pound load. Trust her enough to carry food and optics.
From my limited experience I'd say Saanans are the best for all around packing. Great temperament, great attitude. Alpines seem a bit flighty and have to stop to figure things out once in awhile. Saanens simply plod along. Both breeds seem to keep whatever pace I keep. Great for when you are in a hurry, which I most often am not.
Serious elk hunting starts on the 25th. I'm thinking that between me and two goats a full sized cow elk can be comfortably packed out when deboned. We'll see.
I may be the slowest guy on the mountain . . . . but . . . . I'm on the mountain!