Meritt Peak - Climbing with the Goats

Meritt Peak - Climbing with the Goats

Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Location Lat/Lon: 44.16090°N / 115.02372°W
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: Nov 30, 0000
Activities Activities: Scrambling
Seasons Season: Summer

Merritt Peak - Climbing with the Goats

In January of 2010 I had ACL reconstructive surgery. My goals for the summer were to get back into the Sawtooths and do some mild hiking.

After five months of rehab, and month of hiking around the bench lakes I thought I might give Merritt Peak a go. After all, I stare at this mountain every weekend from my in-laws deck and it was just beckoning me. I invited my father in law to hike up to goat lake with me, where he would spend the day fishing, and I would continue on to the summit.

So below is a link to a video I made that details the climb that day. Little did I know that I would be blessed by the most inquisitive mountain goat I have ever seen. He literally guided me up the south ridge of Merritt Peak as if to show me all the best views the mountain had to offer. It was a magical experience.


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SawtoothSean - Aug 10, 2010 1:04 am - Voted 10/10

Very Nice

Great movie-well done. Is that your music from your Mood collection? very cool to see the goat. It was fun to see my old Nalgene up there still with duct tape and the green electrical tape. Good stuff- great scramble, eh?


SawtoothExplorer - Aug 10, 2010 1:08 am - Hasn't voted

Thanks Sean

I wish I could write music like that!

that music is by the band named - This Will Destroy You

Yeah I figured that was your bottle. Only one person has signed the register each year since you put it up there!


EricChu - Aug 12, 2010 7:31 am - Voted 10/10

Very nice video!

And what a lovely story about that mountain goat - it looks so sweet on the film! - that faithfully followed you all the way to the top!


SawtoothExplorer - Aug 12, 2010 4:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Very nice video!

Thanks for looking :)

idahotom - Aug 15, 2010 11:21 pm - Hasn't voted

awesome climb & video

Great video and climb...great to be waiting for you at the lake.


SawtoothExplorer - Aug 16, 2010 10:39 am - Hasn't voted

Re: awesome climb & video

Thanks for keeping the beer cold at the lake! Always a good time hiking with you!


Deltaoperator17 - Aug 15, 2010 11:54 pm - Voted 10/10

Love the Goat

Great story and expreince. Did the Goat send you a post card requesting a tip for his services?


Smoove910 - Sep 17, 2010 8:25 pm - Voted 10/10

Holy cow!

The video was sweet! What a great day you had, and we're fortunate enough to see it too.




SawtoothExplorer - Sep 25, 2010 6:39 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Holy cow!

Thanks for looking.... was an awesome day for sure. :)

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