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[pct-l] Grizzlies in the North Cascades

>Is there any reason to take precautions out of the ordinary
>when traversing this final section on a thru-hike?
>- Blister>

Dear Blister,

The person who introduced me to the PCT, Mike Ross, a thru hiker in 1975
described the following story to me:

"I was hiking alone in the Nth Cascades just south of the Canadian border,
maybe 40-50 miles away.  There was a light covering of snow on the ground
that left well defined footprints.  I came to an unmarked fork in the trail
and decided upon the left fork.  I had walked about a mile when I decided
that I should have taken the other fork and so turned around.  After a
quarter mile, in from the forest came a set of clear grizzly prints that
had followed my prints from near the fork!  Needless to say I put on my
fastest pace and got the hell out of there!"  

He added some days later: "Isn't it nice to know that there actually is
something left out there that can eat you?  It makes sleeping in the
wilderness just a little closer to the feeling that the pioneers must have
felt long ago."

Greg "Strider" Hummel

P.S.  I didn't see or hear about any encounters with grizzlies in '77, nor
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