Went with hubby and hunting buddies to set up Elk Camp today. It was a 20 mile round trip. A lot of the ride is right along the face of the mountain and the trail is very narrow with a very steep drop down the mountain. It's not a good thing when you see the trail slough off down the mountain as the horses in front of you go along. This is the trail hubby has been riding for years. And in the dark a lot of times!!! I was a bit nervous on the way up since my horse has never been on that trail and is an OTTB with lazy feet. However, he did amazing and I had no need to worry. Oh until he got a lead rope from a pack horse caught under his tail. Then he lunged up a rocky hill trying to shake the rope while pulling the pack horse with him. I lost both stirrups and decided to bail before I fell off. I managed to grab the rope and everything settled down pretty quick. Guess I know what we'll be working on in the round pen this week.
Oh we also had one horse slip of the trail with his back end and throw his rider down the mountain in his attempt to get back up on the trail. Luckily it was in a spot with several trees so the rider managed to catch himself before he went to far. He and the horse were fine.
All said and done it was a great way to spend the day I on the way back I discovered I had gotten over being nervous and anxious about the narrow trail.
This photo is of the flat before we started our 3300 foot assent to camp. We ended up at roughly 9000 feet.