Re: Would you go on a high country hunt with your best friends or buy yourself
The other thing I would mention is that high altitude affects people differently. One person may hardly be bothered at all while his partner really struggles. If you're bringing someone to the high country for the first time, you may be disappointed to find that they just can't do much without feeling sick.
I took my wife along on a high country summer scouting trip one summer. We acclimated for 3 nights at 8000 feet in a hotel and she seemed fine. Then we drove up to 11,000 to camp. She was pretty lethargic that afternoon and evening and by the next morning she was really struggling. She could barely walk around camp for longer than 5 minutes without sitting down for a rest. She quickly developed a wet cough so I packed up camp and drove us down to stay overnight in a motel at 5000 feet. She still was struggling the next day so we just decided to head all the way down and home.
Last year I brought a buddy out to CO for his first elk hunt. He really struggled with the altitude too. We skipped one entire day of hunting so I could drive him down to lower elevation and spend the day, which really helped, but he still struggled the rest of the trip. We were seeing elk up high on the South facing slopes, but there was no way he was going to make it up there.