Thanks man, you too. But while I'm nowhere near on the hardcore level as the serious mountaineering guys I know who debate alloy picks and drilling holes in everything to save a half gram here or there, I don't want to get in so deep I become insufferable about what I like and forget how to take more casual friends/family on fun normal people trips. Particularly younger folks since you never know, they might end up getting into it too.>That being said, multiday mountain hunts would be something I'd love to get into, and there I would pack around the 12 lb gun however I could, but I need more experience camping in the high country in the cold before that can be seriously attempted
Yeah, those sound really great, interesting mixture of challenges and vistas. But I haven't ventured often above 12k feet and not that often for longer spells above 6-7k honestly and I respect the extra challenges up there. Would definitely want more experience on the basics myself first, though I suppose I could try to cram it by doing some more handheld trip first with pros. A lot of those suck though as well as cost because too much mismatch in skills and goals, people who just want trophies and selfies. I've got time (I hope) so think I'll just build up organically.
Good luck with all your plans. I love the wilderness, particularly the north, always happy to find others that do too.