Fast-forward to 2018, my great friend, hunting partner, business partner, and one helluva guide, Luke Carrick of Guiderite Adventures and I were talking about the high hunt, and he offered me an invite to one of his honey holes in the same wilderness area. (Don’t ask, I’ll never tell … ) Originally, we planned on going together, but he ended up having some other commitments, so I was now solo.
Although I prefer to hunt with friends to share in the experience, this year I was on my own. So, I rucked up and got my climb on.
This trip was a great one in the sense that I got it all in terms of weather. Things started off warm, in the 70s, hiking in a T-shirt and feeling it somewhat unpleasant in the sun, then turned quickly to rain, 28 degrees F, and white-out snow conditions. Although weather can really suck, it tells you a lot about your gear deficiencies and where you can improve your choices to enhance some comfort on those really sh*tty days. More on that later.
INTO THE WILD
I parked my truck in the late evening on the day before the opener and was only able to get partway to the spot Luke told me to glass from. No worries; at least I got my feet on the country, and now had an idea of how long it’d take me to get there in the morning for sunrise. Day one produced no deer at all, but there was weather coming in late that night, with a forecast for Sunday that said it’d really hammer and dump up to 5 inches of snow in a 12-hour period. But, that’s being up in the mountains in general, so it is what it is. Deal with it and don’t be a bitch.
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