In my original report, I highlighted three main concerns: 1) loss of the trained guides; 2) loss of experienced camp management; and 3) difficulty contacting Nunami. There was also an underlying concern that the entire "flavor" of this successful operation would change without Palmer's influence. For sure, last summer was a period of flux for Nunami, including the closure of offices, some billing questions and personnel issues. I believe that those things have been smoothed out, if not corrected, and I am prepared now to reissue my recommendation for this operation.
Here's why I believe this operation is on track again. First, I was glad to see some familiar faces when I landed in camp. Both guides from my two previous trips returned, as did most of the camp staff. My hunting partner and I were assigned a new guide, who quickly proved that he knew caribou and made our hunt both enjoyable and successful. Our cook was outstanding. I spoke with the other hunters in camp, as well as several hunters leaving as we arrived. Their reports confirmed that the rest of the camp staff and guides were also competent.
As for the management, a camp manager seldom gets credit for his important role, but you can quickly see when one isn't doing a good job. Signs such as lazy guides, heavy drinking, lackadaisical staff, bare-bones meals and shortened hunt days caused by........(continued)