There is a very good reason why almost all, if not all, outfitters in the high country require you to fill out a health form and sign a waiver!

I guess I don't harp on it enough becuase I still have clients that say " I did not realize it was going to be so tough ". You see most of us do not live at a 10,000 foot elevation like the elk do, so, if you are coming out to hunt elk, say from sea level, you are going to need to get in shape, to say the least. Your lungs just can't acclimate to that altitude over night. As a matter of fact, by the end of your hunt, they probably will not have acclimated even if you have done a lot of cardio exercise. DO NOT LET THAT BE AN EXCUSE NOT TO EXERCISE !!! I know from experiance that the more cardio exercise you do the better off you will be when you get in the high counrty. On your hunt you will climb 500 to 1,000 feet in elevation a day and that is starting at an elevation of about 8900 feet. That's 50 to 100 stories. Go to the gym, get on the stair climber, no not that one, the one that works like an escalator. Set it at the slowest setting it has and see how many feet or stories you can climb without stopping, and then consider the elevation you are at. I am not writing this to scare you from coming out to hunt with me, that would be self defeating. But rather I want you to come hunting with me and be able to have a good time doing it, and increase your odds of success. And of course, I do not want to here you say, " I did not realize it was going to be so tough ".

If you are concernd about being able to get in good enough shape or your health, give me a call we can add a horse to your hunt package and leave most of the walking to them.