Living in Devon as i do and on the edge of Dartmoor you can't avoid steep hills and difficult terrain, nothing like mountains, but it can be tough.
I have always tried to keep a certain level of fitness but since i decided to hunt in Montana i thought i had better make a special effort to get fitter, the thought of hiking out of the mountains at altitude with an elk leg on my back gave me a wake up call.
So a mix of walking and running over the past few weeks has resulted in 1st in weight lost and a shrinking waistline.
I get a fair amount of enquiries from new clients quizzing me over what to expect, and i am always honest in relation to the terrain in Devon and fit in a planned stalk in relation to the client.
Getting an animal out of the woods where there is no access with quad etc can mean really hard work, so getting fitter has helped, but of course i never insist on help unless it is offered.
But the biggest positive in relation to stalking is your breathing/heart rate recovery after an arduous stalk, you see a deer and raise your rifle, and where once i would have to wait an age before it all settled down my recovery rate now has increased so i can quickly take a shot with confidence.
I just hope i can keep it up when i return from my trip.