Elk Hunting

By Ronaldo


One of my most valuable introductions to the rigors of elk hunting in Colorado’s high and wild San Juan Mountains was climbing fifty-five of our state’s fourteen-thousand-foot peaks (14ers) between Aug. 14, 1999 and Aug. 17, 2003. As I would later discover, in most elk country, the term is climbing rather than hiking.

Although I only encountered a handful of elk on these fourteener trails and routes, I learned a lot about the effort required to traverse remote, high-mountain terrain, while encountering lots of mountain goats, bighorn sheep, ptarmigan and a few wily wapiti.

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