I agree with GWH. Instead of dropping so much money on topo maps from there, search around for some good BLM or Forest service maps.
I got a nice, spiral bound book of topo maps of our local national forest for something like $10. If I had gone with the simple fold up map, it would have only been $3.95 or so. Great detail in the maps, and since they are put out by the agencies themselves, you never need to worry about accuracy for the most part.
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,...