That's why I wouldn't recommend it for a first hunt. Backpacking is not an easy way to go, requires a lot of physical and mental hardships, planning and other difficulties to get into the elk. I just think most new people would be better off being more mobile and adabptable by being truck based on a first hunt. By all means, have enough gear to do a spike camp if you're up for it, but get a feel for conditions on the ground before you commit. A lot of first time elk hunters have never even seen the Rockies and don't really know what they're getting themselves into. It
I think unit 14 requires a commitment to backcountry hunting, and road hunting would be difficult at best. This particular guy is from Louisiana and Texas, and specificallly mentioned some camping questions which implied to me he wasn't ready to consider real backcountry commitment.
So no offense, good question, but I'm of the opinion that mobility and comfort helps prevent newcomers from biting off more than they can chew.