W's Archery Elk - Intermountain West: Bridget Noonan

W's Archery Elk - Intermountain West: Bridget Noonan

Glassing in the Clear

Marketing Director Bridget Noonan looks out over a clearcut on an archery elk hunt in Western Washington.
Photo: Captured Creative

Bridget Noonan: Marketing Director

September in the Rockies can feel like the dead of winter before sun up and the peak of summer by high noon. More than ever, I layer up my clothing system to keep warm and peel layers off as I climb into the elk. The foundation of my archery season system always starts with Aerowool base layers; I start with the Wick 150 QZ and layer the Kiln Hoody on top for extra warmth and a hood. I’ll also start out the morning wearing my Aurora puffy jacket which packs into its own pocket for easy stashing into my hunting pack once I’ve warmed up. My go-to pant for every season is the Alturas guide pant. It fits like a women’s technical hunting pant should and withstands the toughest terrain. As far as accessories, my favorite pieces are the Shale Hybrid glove (mapped with merino for warmth and to maintain dexterity for shooting), the Tag Cuff Beanie (usually worn over a First Lite trucker hat so I can stash it away once temps rise), and the Mountain Athlete Triad socks. And I never forget to keep my Cascade jacket in a quick access pocket to keep myself dry during those unexpected rain showers this time of year.