I actually wrote a story about it and got it published in Eastman's Bowhunting, the March/April 2013 issue.
I also re-posted it on my friends blog. The link is here:http://seekoutside.com/be-careful-what-you-wish-for/
In short, I went out with a friend, packed in a couple miles with 1500 vert on day one, then he gets a phone call saying his MIL had a heart attack. We packed out the next day so he could travel home to be with his family.
I went back in solo, moved camp twice more, followed bugling till I found elk, was in them for 2-3 days and killed that bull on Day 5 with a 30 yard shot.
It poured on me during boning and packing. The packout SUCKED!!!! 3.5 miles with 2800 feet of elevation loss. Thankfully I had a friend out there who brought help after he got off work.
The hunt changed my life. I've been a backpack nut for years, but after the misery that my high dollar hunting pack created I decided that a better pack could be built.
So I teamed up with a partner who owns a gear company and we designed a new pack frame for hunting, filed a patent on the design, and I wound up quitting my day job.
It's amazing how small things like going on an elk hunt can change your life.