When camping in the backcountry, it is always slightly unnerving to be awoken by the distinct rustling of something meandering about outside your tent. After sunrise, I returned to my tent to try and perhaps catch up on some lost sleep from the night before. I hadn't been laying down long when I heard the sound of something moving through my campsite. I poked my head out to investigate (if it were still dark, I would have been a bit more apprehensive) I was ecstatic to find a small herd of goats passing through. On a second pass about an hour later, one of the goats paused briefly beneath the 9,400 foot summit of Mt. Stuart on a rock perched high above Ingalls Creek valley below.
Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) and Mt. Stuart - Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington