The anticipation was building. Our Mystery Ranch packs were loaded to max capacity. 3 cameras, 16 camera batteries, 2 audio recorders, handfuls of AA & AAA batteries, 2 Garmins, 19 Mountain Houses, 1 Snowy Mountain Rifle Co .300WSM, 2 water filters, 4 bear tags, and 3 guys looking for an amazing Idaho bear hunt. We hoped the planning we had compiled over the past 6 months would finally come together on what would become our hardest hunt to date.
I laced up my boots and made one last attempt to collect my thoughts before hitting the 10 mile hike to our camping location. We had all the necessary gear to accomplish our goal in 7 days. Now we just had to put the pieces together and take the pain that comes along with carrying +70lb packs. The country we were hunting was a beautiful backcountry landscape and helped us push through the aching pain in our shoulders and feet. The only thing that stood between ourselves and our camp for Day 1 was a 1600′ vertical ascent. What looked like a maneageble open hillside on Google Earth, turned into an overhead jungle of brush.
We clawed up the mountain, busting … READ MORE >