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blasting snow

tales of bear encounters and other wildlife

Monday - hiking Piegan Pass trail, just up from Big Cat bridge. We headed towards Grinnell Lake. I saw movement in the trees, maybe 100 yds ahead. It’s brown - probably another moose, we saw one earlier that day already. It turned it’s head towards me - clearly a grizz.  She looks at me, I look down and back up slowly to tell my crew. I didn’t see it again, but saw lots of bear tracks where it had been.

Wednesday - hiking down the Grinnell Glacier trail. all alone!  Jeff is somewhere on the trail behind me, Nate’s way up ahead. coming up to the ridge just before the junction, I heard what sounds like a high pitched voice…probably a little girl on the other side of the ridge, talking to her dad?  or maybe a marmot.  But then there was movement on the ahead to the left, something small and black scaling up some rocks, first thought is a marmot, but no, that’s a baby bear. I give a low, “heyyy bearrrr.” and back up quickly-  I waited for Jeff to catch up, but it’s been a few minutes and no sign, he must be pretty far back. decided to keep going. I give another, louder, “Hey Bear!” and headed up the trail. No sign of anything anywhere, “Hey Bear!” I hiked downhill a hundred yards , turn around a curve, and there’s mama bear…she’s really, really big. I think she saw me, but I got outta there pretty quick, but not too quick. She doesn’t seem to care. Jeff caught up, we go for one more look, and then take a different trail around to the trailhead.

Thursday - I left my gloves on the ground for like fifteen minutes, and a fucking marmot stole them from me. he probably ate em. fucken marmots.

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1 lefty banjo being played upside down
2 Caitlyn + lily on top of boulder point
3 Shelby on top of boulder point

this weekend I went backpacking to Boulder Lake in the rattlesnake wilderness, then climbed up Boulder Point.

this weekend I went backpacking to Boulder Lake in the rattlesnake wilderness, then climbed up Boulder Point.

Last time I saw this dog he had four legs…..then he lost a fight with a falling rock and now he’s got three

Last time I saw this dog he had four legs…..then he lost a fight with a falling rock and now he’s got three

Cracker Lake.  The magic blue color is from the glacier’s grinding rock away into the lake.  Or something, I don’t know

Cracker Lake. The magic blue color is from the glacier’s grinding rock away into the lake. Or something, I don’t know

I just finished reading The Fault In Our Stars, I think I did it wrong because I was expecting it to be amazing, but, I sort of hated it.  But I’m also reading Game of Thrones, and it’s amazing.

I learned a new word, bearanoid, it’s that feeling you get when you’re hiking alone and think, maybe I should just carry my bear spray in my hand, just in case, or maybe I should just turn around….

that’s all

Grinnell Lake

Grinnell Lake