Getting to camp with all your gear is not the end goal, you intend to kill and carry an animal out as well. I will however speak to the mental strength that is necessary.
Now only 20 yards away, the cat was crouched, as if he was stalking me, and poised to chase. I wished that I was carrying my pistol
The thing that I crave the most in the off season is simple being in the woods; I hunt not just to kill, but to experience all that comes with the pursuit.