Good luck. You're walking in and bushwacking. Good way to hunt. From what I've learned about 3 miles is the limit of most human's endurance when it comes to packing out an elk and if it's hot (90 during the day and 60 at night) you have about a day to do it. Quarter and bag it and hang it up. You'll be able to take a good elk out in 3 to 4 trips. Good luck on your first hunt.