Having never elk hunted in my life, I clicked on this thread to find the truth. I read all the comments and I believe this is it.I made it about 2 minutes!
Elk hunting gets so over romanticized by the youtube instagram generation (to which I belong). It's just hunting. "It is, what it is", to use one of my least/most favorite cliches. Profound shit.
I spent my entire childhood dreaming about elk hunting, and it nearly lived up to my expectations when I finally got to experience it. It is cool, the bugles and their sheer size and all that jazz. There is a reason it is very popular and we all want to do it but bitch about how many other people want to join us. Last one in shut the gate!
Those childhood experiences...growing up I never knew until I started formulating my plan to elk hunt as a young adult that I needed to get in marathon shape or drop a few grand in fancy gear. But that really did influence me as I started my initial strategizing. Man was that shit wrong. I think that is what dude is getting at here (in the part I watched). You don't need to get bogged down in that crap, just go hunt.
Then it just becomes regular old life choices.
Mountains are mountains. They don't magically become steeper in September. Lots of fat guys can handle mountains no problemo. Lots of fit people are too pussy to deal with nagging injuries and a blister here and there. Hunter athletes, that whole stereotype, remind me of the Karens that adorn their rav4 with 13.1 stickers. Look at me, I did something a shit ton of other people can do! Let me publicly display my participation trophy to boost my ego!
Gear is same as any other consumer spending. You get what you pay for to a certain point but there are steeply diminishing returns as you climb the price ladder. Then you graduate into luxury pricing in which you pay for reputation to keep up with the Joneses. Once again, it becomes not about performance but showing off...look what I bought, aren't you jealous?
Also, I’m not skinny, but skinny guys can be strong as hell. Just had to put that out there...