Hunters love gear. You probably have a favorite brand of bow, broadhead, and camouflage pattern. And it’s always fun to try the latest, coolest gear. But for the backcountry elk hunter, gear needs to be more than “cool” – it needs to be depended upon in the worst of conditions. Hunting in the wilderness, and living in the backcountry night after night, means that your gear is your lifeline. So, let’s move beyond bows and broadheads, and look at essential gear for the backcountry elk hunter.