• Al Quackenbush

    Wow, you guys sure made the right call. That is some nasty terrain! Way to put some miles on your boots, too. That is one extreme hunt!

    • SoleAdventure

      The things we go through to find elk. LOL!

  • Good call on the weather, Mark. At lower elevations, it might be more tempting to push on and stick it out but people often forget that in the upper elevations, things get amplified and often quickly! It can be blue bird weather in the 70’s on day and dump a foot of snow overnight. Nothing builds character quite like a high country mountain hunt. ‘Success’ quickly becomes a multi-dimensional word.

    • SoleAdventure

      You’re right, Tom. It was amazing to see how conditions would change as we would gain/lose elevation on the mountain. I knew I made the right call when we got back to the trailhead and conditions had even gotten bad down there; who knows how bad things would have been if we would have stayed up high where we were.

  • SoleAdventure

    Yeah, that was exactly it! Thanks for the info…I’m going to read up on it.

  • andrew

    The first goal of hunting is “to come back from hunting.”
    It’s easy to get tunnel vision. You made the right choice. Welcome to colorado, where you can have all 4 seasons in 24 hours.
    And think of the bright side: at least you got to use all of your cool weather gear that you brought!
    Hope day 6 is better.

    the
    moment came that I knew the three of us – three Dads with wives and
    young children – should make the smart move, the safe move, to come off
    of that mountain while we still had daylight, and before the storm got
    worse. – See more at:
    http://soleadventure.com/2013/10/my-elk-hunting-adventure-in-colorado-day-5/#comments
    the
    moment came that I knew the three of us – three Dads with wives and
    young children – should make the smart move, the safe move, to come off
    of that mountain while we still had daylight, and before the storm got
    worse. – See more at:
    http://soleadventure.com/2013/10/my-elk-hunting-adventure-in-colorado-day-5/#comments
    the
    moment came that I knew the three of us – three Dads with wives and
    young children – should make the smart move, the safe move, to come off
    of that mountain while we still had daylight, and before the storm got
    worse. – See more at:
    http://soleadventure.com/2013/10/my-elk-hunting-adventure-in-colorado-day-5/#comments
    the
    moment came that I knew the three of us – three Dads with wives and
    young children – should make the smart move, the safe move, to come off
    of that mountain while we still had daylight, and before the storm got
    worse. – See more at:
    http://soleadventure.com/2013/10/my-elk-hunting-adventure-in-colorado-day-5/#comments