Choosing your hunt partners can be just as challenging as the hunt itself. I remember being stuck with some negative nancys for a week. Before the hunt they're all excited, pumped up, ready to hit it hard. I made all the plans cause they're too busy with work. Strike #1. Then when we get there they're still excited but ask me where to go and how to hunt. WHAT? They've hunted elk before, Strike #2. I had made it very clear before hand that I would take the two greenhorns that were a long , under my wing and be focusing on getting them their first elk. First day of hunting I got up, cooked breakfast for the group, and was met with whining from the experienced ones that I was too loud, up way too early, and breakfast was cold by the time they got out of their bags. Strike #3. They are never coming along again! But I'm stuck with them for the week. What direction should they go? Pick one I'll go opposite. Standard morning convos. First day one greenhorn got his elk. Exp. hunters 0 elk seen. Second day same as before except they pick my direction from day before. So we head the direction they went day before.Greenhorn -1 exp. hunters 0-elk seen. Then the whining starts. Sun too bright,can't glass, no snow,can't tell tracks, other hunters ruining it, too steep, too warm, I'm sending them to bad areas, etc. WTF? Learned my lesson on that one. From then on, all pre planning, scouting , etc, is equally shared by all involved or your out before I get stuck with a negative, pessimistic, lazy, attitude again for a week!! I'm blessed now with a group of positive hunting buddies ,all with the same mindset. We will give it our best shot no matter what. Good luck on your search!