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[pct-l] bears . . . I'm not biting this time
- Subject: [pct-l] bears . . . I'm not biting this time
- From: Slyatpct at aol.com (Slyatpct@xxxxxxx)
- Date: Wed Dec 31 15:16:08 2003
In a message dated 12/31/2003 3:22:04 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> I have heard many places that bears do not like the smell of humans.
> Therefore, I work on smelling bad to keep bears away. It seems to work - we
> didn't even see any grizzlies on our CDT hike
Yeah, that must have been the stink that kept them out of my tent after I ate
I saw 5 Griz on the CDT. A sow and two cubs south of Togwotee Pass which
were fairly close, but split when they saw us after the mother gave a call to
the younguns and two in Glacier from a safe distance although we were hiking
towards one leaving 50 Mountain campground before it split. Plus three black
bear, two in Glacier, a sow and a cub up real close, like 15-20 feet off the
side of the trail, they just stood there dumbfounded and one the ID/MT line just
before Big Hole Pass that ran across the trail/road in front of me.
I love seeing bear on the trail, although hiking through griz country can get
your heart pumping, especially when you're well behind your partners limping
along with a foot injury. I always give a holler and talk to the bears when I
see them and did a dance pumping my poles in the air for the 1st three Griz
saw. That was awesome!