Semper Fi!Thanks guys. I spent a few years in the Corps in an infantry unit, so long hikes and mentally sucking are something I grew accustomed to. I know the mountains are a different beast, and it's just prepare to the best of your abilities and it will suck less, which is what any of us can hope for.
Living at sea-level and then immediately going to high altitude can gas you even when you're in incredible shape. Before your trip consider talking to your doc about acetazolamide prophylaxis. It's cheap and is a game changer.
Keep doing tons of cardio. Make sure you're getting some kind of hill or incline training in. That's what's going to kill you. I'm from Montana but when I lived in the midwest I ran a lot of stairs to get ready for when I came home. It worked okay, but the altitude is always going to make a difference too--especially the first few days.
If you're training for a backpack hunt, you need a proper hunting backpack with a frame. They are built to carry alot of weight. Load it up with sand, water, concrete, whatever to simulate weight and hit the hills.What did you use for weighted hikes? All I have is a day pack for white tail and put 30lbs in it. Back ended up killing me because I couldn’t get the pack to sit right.
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This is the biggest thing everyone should preach.NOTHING prepares you for walking up and down steep hills under weight better than walking up and down steep hills under weight.