32km backcountry hiking that will never be forgotten.
Tom and I just finished a 2 day scramble up Rainbow Mountain and this morning when we awoke from our tent we never thought we would have an an encounter from a grizzly bear.
The photo of the bear was taken about 15 seconds after Tom had to use our bear spray.
It was like any other hike down a mountain we were bugging each other about how one of us fell and what we were gonna make for dinner, when Tom turned around and told me to stop calmly that there was a bear behind me. I honestly thought Tom was kidding, so I turned around fast and lone and behold there was a grizzly bear about 5ft away from me. Following us, didn’t hear this bear at all, didn’t know how long we where being followed. And I don’t know what would have happened if Tom didn’t turn around to look at me when he did. Tom told me to slowly back up to him and then he slowly got in front of me to protect me. I handed him the bear spray and Tom did everything he was suppose to, he acted calm, tried to look big and pointed the bear spray at this bear who was probably still 5ft away. The bear took a step forward and Tom did a warning shot of the spray. The bear stopped and just looked at us, he started growling and went after Tom getting about an arms length away when he used the spray on him, the bear immediately ran away up the mountain with such speed, rubbing his face in the snow. Tom and I ran down the mountain keeping and eye on the bear.
We didn’t know the intentions of the bear, if he was just seeing who crept up on him, if he smelt the food in our bags, or what. We are both okay and we are safe. I’m hoping that because this story hits so close to home, everyone who decides to go hiking always keeps bear spray with them and knows how to handle a bear if you come across one. It is such an essential piece of your hiking gear even though you never think you’ll need it. You never ever know what can happen. Safe adventuring.
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