AH senior member
I appreciate the honest write up- sounds like de ja vu to my first trip in 2007. I decided I'd never go the route of being in camp with other large groups again and have taken great care to find outfitters that would ensure that I'm either solo or with no more than one small group in camp at a time.
My dad and I are both quite introverted, and one reason we didn't take the second observer included in our package was that we didn't want to take someone along and find out that we couldn't handle two weeks with them. There are a lot of people who are fun in small doses, but being out in the field for a couple of weeks tends to bring out people's quirks. There were a lot of good people and parties in camp during our hunt, but with any group large enough there will be loudmouths and buffoons in the mix. I do think it would be preferable to be in a smaller camp with fewer people around. I am generally quite good at entertaining myself, though, so when the campfire talk got to be too much for me I went back to my room and read hunting books and magazines. The primary gripe I had with the large volume of hunters was the instability of our PH situation and my perception that Werner managed some of the trophies we could chase and the type of hunting we could do based on camp politics and logistics rather than our preferences. We also could have been more vocal at time with him about our desires. It's a two-way street.