I'm leaving this week for Utah for some shooting in a workshop with Andy Biggs and Bret Edge. I have a dilemma in that they recommend a long tele along with the usual suspects. I don't even own a tele lens, only shooting primes. I can get a 70-200 f4 rental if need be. However, for those of you who have shot in Utah and know the topography - how often would such a lens be needed?
And secondly, there is more to the story than first appears. I'm hauling quite a load as it is and adding a heavy lens to my already heavy bag is daunting because I have a herniated disc in my lower back which may force me to ditch the bag altogether and simply carry a camera body w/lens around my neck and hand carry my tripod. I would enjoy hearing about others experiences.
Thanks for all replies.