The Blue Sheep in Nepal had been a d...
The Blue Sheep in Nepal had been a dream hunt of mine since I started mountain hunting. The list of hunters that have taken Blue sheep from Nepal is pretty short in comparison to other sheep. The adventure of just getting to Nepal, the fact that you can’t just buy a Blue Sheep tag, and the fact that a person actually has to be able climb really high and earn one attracted me to this hunt.
It was an adventure! It took 30+ hours from the states just to get to the World-famous Yak and Yeti Hotel in Nepal. Another hour and a half Helicopter ride from Kathmandu, followed by a 3-day trek to get to Camp 3. We climbed 5,000 feet with a final elevation of 14,500 feet to begin the hunt. This was quickly becoming the most difficult hunt I had been on, both logistically and physically. I ended up taking my Ram on day 4 climbing well over 16,000 ft. I took a snapshot of my watch where my sheep came to rest after cartwheeling down the mountain – shattering bones but not the horns.
That night after getting my sheep down to camp 4 and celebrating with my buddies Greg and Cal I started to feel fluid building in my lungs. After a very long and restless evening, barely being able get out of the tent during the night my condition was getting worse. We determined that I had the beginning stages of H.A.P.E (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema). The decision was made that I had to get down the mountain and fast. I had to make the 9-hour trek down to base camp (9,500 ft) and see if I would stabilize. That was one of the worst days of my life.
I was miserable, but thankful I was able to take my Blue Sheep. After 3 days at base camp I was feeling better and Greg and Cal came strolling in with their outstanding rams! It made for an all-time photo on the helipad. We all went through adversity on this hunt, but I wouldn’t change a thing, this was truly the greatest adventure I’ve ever been on and one that I don’t know if I’ll ever top.
If this is a dream hunt of yours, I suggest doing it sooner rather than later, you never know when a country like Nepal will close hunting down forever.