Re: ATV What do you recomend and why
I use Roy, a 15 year old Sorrel Paint. He is able to go anywhere an ATV can go, and many places where they can't. In comparison he seems a bit slow, but we will be covering a 65 mile loop in the Rawah Wilderness in about a week and a half this July, most of it above 9,000'. Bags are packed, more than I would want to carry at altitude or sea level. Four riders, and two extra pack horses means that we will be eating well the entire time.
Close friends bring their horses out to Rainey Lake in Colorado for elk every year. They ride in about 15 miles the first day, set up base camp for the week, and wait on the hunters to push the animals their way. Their success rate is pretty good, last year four out of five tags filled. The year before was a clean sweep.
Logs are not an issue, we hop over them, or detour. Grades up to 50% are not a problem. We can take a fully loaded horse with two quarters of an elk out plus rider and gear.
The gear list is a bit different than using a motor vehicle, but there are places to hunt where the ATV is prohibited, and this is where a horse really shines.