Hiking, Teanaway, The pups

Goat vs Wellie

Eager to finally tackle my annual birthday hike to Iron Peak (see 2010 and 2011) and rescue our Norwegian guest, Jolli, from the soggy Seattle phenomenon known as Juneuary, we packed up the car and sped towards the magical land of the Teanaway.

Norwegians* take Iron

Crossing Snoqualmie Pass felt like driving through a car wash, but if Tom has taught me anything, it’s that it never rains in the Teanaway. And it didn’t, mostly. We hiked in hot sunshine up to the saddle, somewhat intense wind along the ridge (luckily Wellie didn’t blow away – we would need him later), and enjoyed a light two-minute sprinkle on the summit.

Wellie's ears are blowing in the wind Magica De Spell

After devouring summit Subway sandwiches and summit Kona Wailua beers, we had time for a satisfying summit snooze before heading back down.

Summit snooze

On the way up, we had told Jolli about the different kinds of wildlife we see on hikes here – adorable marmots, majestic bears, and mountain goats that follow you if you separate from your group because they want to lick your salty fluid deposits.

Naturally, we mentioned the fatal goring in Olympic National Park a couple of years ago…which was the first thing that popped into Jolli’s head when he ran into a mountain goat on the way down.

Oh, hello

I’ve met a lot of goats throughout my almost five years of hiking in the Cascades and they’ve never really made me nervous, even when they’ve cornered me mid-pee and moved close enough to touch. This one, however, moved right towards us with such speed and determination that it gave me pause.

The boys got their hiking poles ready for battle and I hugged my camera tightly (ALWAYS SAVE THE CAMERA FIRST), but just when the goat got within goring distance of us, Wellie let out a sharp bark which scared the bejesus out of him. The goat literally jumped into the air and ran up the ridge to get away from the terrifying 17-lb canine. Brave Sir Wellie saves the day!!

Iron Goat

Iron Peak | 6.5 miles | 2500 feet elevation gain –

Brave Sir Wellie

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6 Comments

  • Reply Annie June 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Your photos always makes me want to go hiking even though I am not a hiker! What camera gear do you bring with you on a hike? I am scared to bring my gear for I fear to damage them :P

  • Reply Lisa June 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

    WOW! You guys got really close to the goat! He’s beautiful looking. I’m glad you guys got a photo AND got away safely.

  • Reply Ingunn June 25, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Annie: I carry the 60D around my neck in a regular camera bag (I’m considering trying a harness or something because that camera is HEAVY) and I usually bring a wide-angle lens in my pack. I’ve only dropped my camera once, luckily it damaged our cheapest lens (50mm) and not the camera itself…

    Lisa: you should see the kids! They are so cute and gorgeous that it’s all I can do not to snuggle them.

  • Reply Kelsie June 26, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Nice work and beautiful pictures. AND, good job Wellie for barking at the right time. Ever since the attack in ONP I’ve found myself feeling a bit more cautious (likely, rightfully so) around goats in the mountains.

  • Reply Annie June 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks for answering my question Ingunn! Keep up the great blog. I am always excited to see your new posts!

  • Reply Rachel July 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Wow! Those pictures are beautiful! Good job, Wellie! :)

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