We’re gearing up the whole family for second hunting season here in Colorado. Don’t know how much time I’ll be able to spend as finishing a couple of big website projects is asking much of me, but I’ll definitely get in a good three days over the coming weekend. Our son is planning on more than that, with a solo overnight in the works. Wife gets out as well, she’s slayed a few before so the gal is our ringer.
When it comes to elk harvesting I’m an amateur compared to the guys who plan year around and scout all summer. But I love getting out there with the focus of stalking the wapiti, as the zen of it seems to open your mind to the environment in a way that’s truly different from any other activity I’ve experienced. The workout is pretty good too.
And if we do harvest some meat, it’s definitely the finest fruit of the mountains that’ll ever cross your taste buds. The jerky isn’t half bad either for long days of backcountry skiing.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.