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Old 05-09-2012, 01:31 PM   #113
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Wow. Amazing he lived through that.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:48 PM   #114
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We tent camped at the south end of the Brooks Range in 2002. There's a BLM campground just north of Coldfoot at Marion Creek. It even had a host. I asked the host what animal left the gigantic footprint behind where we had pitched the tent and he said it was a moose. We were too far south for polar bears.

I think I'll wait a while for lunch after seeing the see-through ankle. Looks like his achilles tendon survived.

By the way, the Northwest Terr. are in Canada, not Alaska, but it is all the same type of land.

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Old 05-09-2012, 01:51 PM   #115
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And why is one camping in a tent up there where there are polar bears and grizzly bears!!!



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They are tent camping for two reasons:

(1) The Airstream was being used by the kids for two weeks for Prom Weeks

(2) The igloo had melted earlier than expected and the kids could not be reached by cell phone. You know... the dinosaur methane that has been discussed in the national news for Global Warming.

(3) And as everyone tells you... You have nothing to fear about bears. They have plenty of food to eat. Set the tent up in any convenient spot.

Just adding a few lighter moments. I think I had seen these photographs three years ago from friends who know we spend a lot of time camping in the woods. Obviously here, they are in the Tundra and maybe a few bushes here and there once the snow melts.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:31 PM   #116
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And in another light moment. I might use this in my advertizing campaign.
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:23 PM   #117
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And in another light moment. I might use this in my advertizing campaign.
I hope it is not a Chucky Cheeze ad...

As gruesome as those photographs are, and the injuries this person suffered and overcame, I would imagine he does what I would do when something happens to you, least expected and affects your inner emotional spirit. Goes back to what he has always done. Ex-military have my respect who have been put in situations that could numb the heart and minds of most of us. When back, they have to make light of the terrible sights in order to forget and then lay it to rest.

Those of you who are Viet Nam veterans, understand. I am sure those from the Middle East also understand what this person attacked by a bear has to do to recover, mentally, after the physical healing has been completed.

I would have liked to hear from this victim, after the healing and how he recovered and looks back at the situation. But, like many survivors, it may not be important any more. Just be thankful that you were not holding a can of mace in your hand, but a rifle or pistol.
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A couple of years ago we tent-camped between Yellowstone and Tetons, and were a bit concerned about bears. Didn't ever see any sign of them in the campground, but we were followed by a young grizzly for a bit while we were hiking. It disappeared shortly after we got some pictures and a bit more exercise than planned.

We did hear an interesting story about a young lady who had a summer job in a campground store. A lady came in, asking for bear spray. The young lady showed her what the store had available, and the customer asked if one can would be sufficient for her, her husband, and their two children, or whether she needed two cans. Upon further questioning, it seems that the customer thought that one sprayed the bear spray on themselves, much like mosquito/bug spray.

Given that most of the insect "repellant" that I've used seems to attract the little critters, I wonder of bear spray does the same.

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this thread, including the humor in the last couple of dozen posts. We had thought about going out to the Tetons again this summer, this time in the mpg, but plans have changed. I'm thinking that the next time I'm out there I want some metal between me and the bears!
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You are more likely to die in a terrible, horrible, fiery highway trailer wreck than being killed or even hurt by a bear. Everyone should get their brian facts and statistics yearly aligned with true facts and statistics.
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You are more likely to die in a terrible, horrible, fiery highway trailer wreck than being killed or even hurt by a bear. Everyone should get their brian facts and statistics yearly aligned with true facts and statistics.
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Eric, why in the world would we need facts and statistics from Brian?
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Because Brian has the biggest brain! Duh!!! Brain and I will fill you in!
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I know towing a trailer is far more dangerous than getting injured by a bear and that's why we have a grizzly tow our trailer now while we lounge in comfort inside the trailer.

The grizzly feeds itself, thus saving on fuel, and is very effective in getting us through traffic jams.

We call him Brian.

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Gene,
What do you feed him? Do you pay him well? Has he had adequate safety training. Do you supply him with DOT certified high visibility vests? Are his harnesses inspected on a daily basis for wear? Do you include a benefit package in his compensation? Is he a contractor or an employee? Does he belong to a labor union?
Just askin. If this is a trend I may want to organize them to improve their working conditions.
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Eric, fill me in on what? I'm not sure I like your tone. This may end up in court.
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If this is a trend I may want to organize them to improve their working conditions.
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Brian the Bear is quite happy and my relationship with him is none of your business. If you bring a labor organizer near him, I assure you Brian will be well fed. This could end up in court.

Glad we finally have this thread back on track before the mods close it.

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