Originally Posted by kcebcj
Five to ten miles in I would not be too worried about the meat spoiling. My main concern would be my legs. Getting that much meat out that far back in the mountains is gonna kick your butt especially if there is any uphill pulls! It's doable. The last bull I packed out on my back and I only had to go about a mile straight up to where I could get to it with a quad took three days including the half day to bone it out and get it hung in the shade.
Horses is the way to go so if you could line someone up to pack your meat before you go I would. I would advise against doing a horse thing yourself unless your experienced with the handling of horses and the horses your using have some mountain time on them. A inexperienced horse in a rough mountain setting will get you hurt.
Hope things turn out well for you on your hunt.
I'm in agreement 110 percent on that statement.
Horses are much like people with a much shorter attention span (in most cases)...LOL, that is.
Flatland horses are lost in the mountains and vice versa. The horse needs the ongoing experience of a particular type of terrain and how it negotiates it with a rider aboard. Most good mountain horses need little if any rider input to successfully negotiate terrain that would immediately befuddle a flatland horse and keep in mind that horses have what I call 'horse monsters'. That is, a horse that becomes disoriented can do anything, most of which will hurt you.
If possible, lease/rent a local horse or better yet, a mule. While not fancy or fast, a mule is like a 4 wheel drive truck and they are very sure footed.