haha... sounds like me. sub 1k feet for me.... of my 15 roosies, i don't think more than 2 were above 500ft.... possibly none.About 300' until a few years ago haha.
12k ft is impressive, living at 10ft I would be sucking air for sure
You are right about the winds being brutal. I’m usually sitting behind rocks on my fold out pad wearing 3 to 4 layers including a full down parka under an army goretex jacket or an orange shell, with a balaclava and two stocking caps under my hood. If I get to shivering, time to move on.I get it and much of my elk hunting is a similar approach, but it’s way hard, you’re exposed to brutal winds, you stick out like a sore thumb and they can see you from a 1/2 a way.