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bilnv
07-23-2006, 08:18 PM
The snow has melted for the most part and my son and I were able to get into the mountains for one of our very few overnight hike. I had to miss two workouts with the weighs but my legs were able to get a good workout on the trail.

We took off from the trail head (6700' elv.) and walked for 7 1/2 hours to a place called Cold Lakes (9,900' elv.) We went through mountain meadows in bloom and listened to the stream run past. Once we pasted a couple lakes we headed over a pass (10,200' elv.) and into Cold Lakes. After some fishing and supper we watched the stars come out.

The next day we fished some more and then headed out. Once we got back to the pass we sneaked up and popped our heads over to see 4 mountain goats maybe 40 yards away. Then we saw 3 mule deer keeping cool on a snow bank, Fished some more at another lake and then headed to the truck 3 1/2 hours away.

We ended up catching a little over 30 fish each for the two days (4-5 hours of fishing time). We saw a total of 7 mountain goats, 4 mule deer, 4 satellites and two shooting stars. It just doesn't get much better, for me anyway.

Here are a few pics.
http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/lakes1/cold.html
http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/animals/goat22july06.jpg
http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/animals/goat22july062.jpg
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Also instead of starting a new thread each time I go on a hike I thought I would keep them all on this post. The other two posts that I have are here.

http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=777823
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=734223

guest89
07-27-2006, 03:45 PM
Nice man, what part of NV do you live in?

bilnv
08-07-2006, 07:41 PM
By Elko in North Eastern Nevada right off of I-80. 3 1/2 hours from Salt Lake and 4 1/2 from Reno.

ReMiX82
08-07-2006, 08:18 PM
Wow nice pictures. That looks like an awesome hike. On a side note you didnt keep all of the fish did you? because at first i was like how did you carry 30 fish overnight.

bilnv
08-08-2006, 07:48 PM
Wow nice pictures. That looks like an awesome hike. On a side note you didnt keep all of the fish did you? because at first i was like how did you carry 30 fish overnight.

On this hike we did all catch and release using spinners with the barbs bent down. We do not keep very many fish, just enough for supper sometimes.

bilnv
09-03-2006, 09:00 PM
Another great hike under my boots. I went to an out of the way lake in the Ruby Mountains called Lost Lake. I didn't see any bighorn sheep or mountain goats like I wanted but I did see a lot of mule deer and a pica. The way I went in was around 9 hours one way but I got some good pics. (IMO anyway)

http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/animals/mule_deer3.jpg

More photos at http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/animals/muledeer.html check out photos 1,2,3,4,5,6 & 8

Photos of the lake are Here (http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/lakes1/lost.html).

By the way how many deer do you see in this photo?
http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/animals/mule_deer2.jpg

bilnv
10-14-2006, 11:08 PM
Last weekend we hiked up a canyon looking for rocky mountain bighorn sheep. We cut some deer tracks in the snow and later found what we thought was a mountain goat track heading up the side of the canyon so we followed it for awhile. Part way up the hill we spotted 6 bighorn sheep on top of the ridge line. We decided to keep going up and see if we could cut across the ridge or not. We ended up crawling and climbing up some rocks and crap. We realized that it would probably be better to keep going up rather than try to head down through that mess. We have done this before and knew it was always easier to go up than down. I was not to worried because I figured we could get out once we get on top on the ridge.

Long story short we got on top, dropped into the next canyon and circled back to the truck. 9 1/2 hours later 17 mountain goats, 6 bighorn sheep and some big bird tracks in the snow we were done.

http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/bpcom/bp8oct06view.jpg
http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/animals/goat8oct06.jpg

BiologyBabe
10-14-2006, 11:13 PM
Hiking kicks ass, we use to go all the time to Colorado National Monument -- wild horses, mountain lions, it's beautiful.

Pics are great too :D

bilnv
10-15-2006, 12:12 PM
Hiking kicks ass, we use to go all the time to Colorado National Monument -- wild horses, mountain lions, it's beautiful.

Pics are great too :D

I would love to see a mountain lion. So far all we have been able to do is cut some fresh tracks. I friend of mine told me he watched a show on TV that said a person had better odds at winning the lottery than seeing a cat in the wild. I wish I had your luck.

bilnv
11-03-2006, 08:52 PM
Went out again last weekend. Started the hike at about 6600' and ended up at 9800' in around 4 hours. We had not seen anything except a few ruffed grouse up until lunch. Just as we finished lunch we saw a mountain goat up on a rock. After cutting across into a ravine and heading up the hill out of sight we cut in above them.

Luckily once we popped our heads up from the rocks they were still there and this time they did not really care that we were there. It was one of those days you wait for. We were right there with around 10 mountain goats, watching them feed for almost an hour. Here are some of our rewards.

http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/bbcom/pic1.jpg

http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/animals/goat29oct06_3.jpg

http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/animals/goat29oct06_2.jpg

http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/animals/goat29oct06.jpg

Now we are setting our sights on bighorn sheep. They have already started to move down into the canyon and bunch up for there rut. That is a great time to catch the big rams.

Fat Bastard
11-04-2006, 03:07 PM
wow awesome pics i like the first one a lot. its pretty lame over here compared to that.

bilnv
11-21-2006, 09:14 PM
Well it was another good year to view the rocky mountain bighorn sheep. We saw a lot of sheep and some nice rams. One day we found 4 different groups and thought this would be our best day. Then a few days later we got into a group that we knew of a hung out with them for a little while.

http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/animals/sheep15nov061.jpg

http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/animals/sheep15nov062.jpg

http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/animals/sheep15nov063.jpg

The last day we went out was really good. There were sheep scattered all over the sage covered slope. Most of the ewes were up high and 4 rams were grouped together lower.

After taking pics of the rams we worked our way up the hill to the ewes. Once we got up to the ewes we saw a couple other rams up in the rocks. These rocks form small cliffs that are around 10 feet high.

My son and I decided it was time for a protein bar so we sat down and enjoyed the view and watched the sheep.

There was one ram on one of these cliffs just standing there on the edge and taking in the view. Then another ram walked out from the other side of the tree we were sitting by and walked toward the ram on the ledge.

We were just sitting there watching this. The two rams started grunting back and forth. The ram that walked past us stuck his head in a bush and started trashing his head back and forth.

After that he headed up to the other ram. The rams then stepped back from the edge of the ledge so we could not see them anymore.

We got up and headed over to the get a better view. We walked along the bottom of the ledge that the rams were on.

Then we heard a loud BAMM! And I heard some dirt fall on the ground behind us. Those two darn rams butted heads and we missed seeing it. But we could sure hear it.

Once we walked over to the other side of the cliff I looked up and saw one of the rams standing there. I pulled the camera up and started taking pics.

We watched the rams stand there for a minute and then walk off. Once they went out of sight we followed.

We found some blood on the ground and later found that one of the rams was bleeding from his mouth. He would rub his nose in the snow to clean the blood off.

http://www.geocities.com/bilnv/animals/sheep19nov06.jpg

We could not believe that we had the chance to witness this. This is what is so great about the outdoors. You never know what you might see.