I was doing some scrambling, felt the hair on my neck raise up, looked up and saw this about a dozen feet away:
How long she had been there I have no idea. Mountain goats are well known to seek high ground as defense against predators (and I am definitely one in the Fall) so its no surprise that she was standing right above me.
Is it that we sense noise or smells subconsciously or do we have some sixth sense that makes us "know" when we are being watched? I've had this happen a couple times in the mountains, just not with goats. Anyone else have a similar experience?