I was invited to a friend's wedding in Colorado and decided to take advantage of the fact that I was already there and it was elk season to spend a few days in the mountains. With my understanding wife's blessing and a tag in hand I congratulated the new couple and headed off to elk country. There are few places that rival the beauty of the Rockies in early fall with the dramatic landscape and stunning aspen groves. I met with my friend Jay Fagre who among many other talents is an incredible chef in Aspen, CO and we started climbing in search of elk. We saw elk every day and had close encounters with mule deer, bears and even a coyote that laid down about 30 yards away and scanned the valleys below with us until dark. Unfortunately the bulls were not bugling yet which made the hunting tough but a great friendship was developed and tons of new memories. According to my Garmin watch I covered over 50 miles and was clambering up slopes ranging from 8 to over 12 thousand feet. It put my Salewa boots to the test but my feet held up and I look forward to my next elk hunt in December.