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What animal did I see on Holy Cross?

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Re: What animal did I see on Holy Cross?

Postby CO_girl66 » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:10 pm

What were the size of the eyes? Because that tells a lot. Also, from what you could tell, how was the animal moving? I know you couldn't see well but if you could hear anything such as twigs breaking that can determine the size and stature of the animal. You're experience is quite intriguing :)
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Re: What animal did I see on Holy Cross?

Postby hotrod » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:40 pm

I doubt bear. We had a close encounter while camping and its eyes glowed red, not blue.
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Re: What animal did I see on Holy Cross?

Postby wheaties240 » Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:36 pm

The color the eyes glare depends mostly on the type of light going into them. 3-4 feet off the ground wouldn't be that high for a bear anyways. I'm not saying it was a bear, I wasn't there, but it sounds like it could have been a bear.

And plus, that makes the story that much more exciting. :wink:

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Re: What animal did I see on Holy Cross?

Postby COmthigh » Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:31 pm

You hadn't by chance popped a few too many of those Chocolate covered expresso beans? Hmmmm! ](*,)

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Re: What animal did I see on Holy Cross?

Postby mtn_hikin » Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:48 pm

Im thinking it was an elusive Camillo

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Re: What animal did I see on Holy Cross?

Postby 14er_Crazy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:05 pm

CO_girl66 wrote:What were the size of the eyes? Because that tells a lot. Also, from what you could tell, how was the animal moving? I know you couldn't see well but if you could hear anything such as twigs breaking that can determine the size and stature of the animal. You're experience is quite intriguing :)


Because it was pitch black, it's impossible to know the size of the eyes. However, it looked to be a fairly large animal about 15-20 yards off the trail. The eyes were 4-6 inches apart, give or take.

A few folks have asked about how the animal moved. The animal didn't move at all, but watched me the whole way as I passed it on the trail.

Interestingly, earlier in the day, I listened to an animal walking a good 100 yards off the trail as I was heading up the Halo Ridge trail at about 11000 feet. I caught the sounds on tape, but didn't see anything.
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Re: What animal did I see on Holy Cross?

Postby Two Headed Boy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:20 pm

I ate some mushrooms and went hiking in RMNP one time and I saw a white wolf. It was definantly larger than a fox or a coyote but really I'll have to say that since I ate mushrooms it voids any validity to my sighting.

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Re: What animal did I see on Holy Cross?

Postby Jim Davies » Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:59 pm

14er_Crazy wrote:I was wondering when someone would mention Bigfoot. :D

At 3-4 feet tall, it must have been a little kid bigfoot.
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Re: What animal did I see on Holy Cross?

Postby 14er_Crazy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 6:22 pm

Jim Davies wrote:
14er_Crazy wrote:I was wondering when someone would mention Bigfoot. :D

At 3-4 feet tall, it must have been a little kid bigfoot.


That brings up a good point. I'm assuming it was sitting or laying and not standing.
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Re: What animal did I see on Holy Cross?

Postby 14er_Crazy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:02 pm

mtn_hikin wrote:Im thinking it was an elusive Camillo


I'll bite. What's a "Camillo"?
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Re: What animal did I see on Holy Cross?

Postby Bean » Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:05 pm

Can this TGC s**t die? It's not funny anymore (if it ever was (it wasn't)).
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Re: What animal did I see on Holy Cross?

Postby Kinesiologyman » Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:26 pm

It was probably a deer. I had the exact same thing happen to me in the woods near Halfmoon Campground last month when I was camping for a hike up Holy Cross. You can read more in my trail report:

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/triprepor ... m=tripmain


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