I suppose this is becoming one of the obligatory pre-hunt blog posts, but a lot has changed with this one. Maybe I should say, a lot has disappeared off this one. Pete and I are planning a massive loop that will take us deep into some remote wilderness basins. To make that possible, we need 2 things. 1) Time – 6-8 days probably. 2) Mobility – and by this I mean minimal gear lists and ultra-lightweight backpacks. We’ll be camping off our backs again which means no base camp and no spike camps, only carrying our entire wardrobe, shelter system, food, and weapons with us all day every day. A lot of guys will report pack weights, but fail to include what they’ll actually be wearing, the necessary allotment of water/food, or forget they’ll be carrying a 6 pound bow.
This is my bottom line – 38.9 pounds. That’s me naked plus everything. 7 days food, water, bow, boots, belt, camera, socks, and Bic lighter. Quite similar to past hunts, but leaving most of the backup clothes and sock/underwear changes at the truck. Also, no technological frills this time. No SPOT, no video camera, no tripod, no binos, just us and the mountains and the elk. Here’s the full rundown.
The only change I’m really considering is unscrewing the stabilizer off my Hoyt and putting a pair of Vortex binoculars around my neck. The country out there is wide open and we’re currently debating the potential usefulness of good optics for an archery hunt…decisions, decisions.
If you thought the gear reviews were good back in 2012, get ready for this round of comments. It’ll be real easy to get frustrated with gear items when no alternate options are readily available for recall and replacement. We’re feeling confident though with our setups. They’re proven, they’re lightweight, they’re rugged, and they’re efficient. Best of all – the whole package suits our preferred style of hunting! Aggressive, mobile, and (hopefully) lethal!