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If you are planning an early season overnighter, it may be a good idea to see how well conditioned your goats are NOW. It would be no fun to have goats along who cant pack to your expectations along for the trip. If you alreay know how intense the trip will be, than getting your goats conditioned may necessary. Just like you, first time out will be tougher than the trips in Mid August when you have been hiking for months.

As far as overnight accomidations for the goats go, I suggest you tie them to a high line if you don't trust them to keep your tent in one piece or think they may head for home on a moonlit hike without you. You mentioned that it is bear country, so I know that when there are a lot of preditor threats, a bell on their collar will alert you to any major commotion in the middle of the night. Of course, you may not sleep AT ALL because you will hear the bells ring everytime they move....but a small jingle is different than a sound of the bell on a goat in panic mode. It will be more than just a small jingle.

Good Luck....Oh, also be prepared to shelter the goats in case of poor weather. Another task that takes practice.
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