Updated: Apr 15, 2019
Hunting in the backcountry can be a very dangerous endeavor. With high altitudes, inclement weather patterns and rough, steep country – not to mention grizzly bears and a deadly weapon in your hands. Things can easily take a turn for the worse on you if you’re not prepared and educated to the dangers that lurk in those hills. Growing up as a young boy in an outdoor family in the heart of high-country Wyoming, my father and grandfather constantly pounded into my head the realities of the possible dangers that can be faced when exploring the nooks and hidden crannies of the Rocky Mountain backcountry. Basic education and identification of these dangers can go a long way to the prevention of a catastrophic event when spending a few long, hard days in the high country next fall. The first of the seven deadly backcountry dangers I was taught about in my youth was the event of hypothermia.