Jim, I'm sitting here and hoping your dream of a hunt out west next season comes to fruition. I am also grinning a bit as well, remembering my first few days walking those mountains at 8,000'+. It is an exercise in gasping!...lol. After a few days, I got more used to the thin air and actually did a good bit better than some in camp much younger than I. But, those first couple of days will be some eye openers, I can promise you that!
I am going skiing next week - Steamboat Springs, so I will at least get to breathe some of that mounting "thin" air.
I was originally planning a 2012 hunt - I am going to shoot for 2011 now.
I went to town a few moments ago to get 2 trail cams for the new lease - and changed my mind when it was time to pull the wallet out... I am going to save as much $$ as I can this year, with CO, MN, UT or somewhere like that in mind.
So you've booked an outfitted hunt this year. And you're going to get to ride horses into the mountains to save your legs and your back.
I've met lots of guys who've been in this same situation. They figure, "heck, how hard can it be?" But, I assure you, if you don't learn to get along with your mount for the week, it's going to be a bumpy, scary, noisy, and life threatening experience.
First, let's start with the horse itself. A horse trained under western style has 4 gears. The walk, trot,...