Wilderness Lite

I love to hunt from a backcountry camp, but I’ve never enjoyed setting up and breaking camp. Last year, a couple of friends and I decided to hunt Colorado’s first rifle season for elk. We chose a camping spot near the end of a marginal Forest Service trail (it took 45 minutes to drive one mile). We had no neighbors on this stretch of steep, heavily forested public land, and our hopes were high for finding wapiti. It took a good two hours after arriving in late evening to erect our cabin tent and set up camp.

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