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Re: First real bear encounter

Postby Jim Davies » Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:57 pm

Does the fire last year affect that hike or the road any? (I'm guessing not...)
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Re: First real bear encounter

Postby traderaaron » Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:00 pm

Jim Davies wrote:Does the fire last year affect that hike or the road any? (I'm guessing not...)


No, the fire came very close but did not affect if coming in from the east over Medano Pass.

I'll be heading back to summit Herard and Medano sometime this summer or fall I hope.

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Re: First real bear encounter

Postby HunkyDunk » Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:41 pm

I have climbed Culebra twice, and each time, I have seen the cinnamon color phase of black bear. First time I saw only one. The second time, climbing with friends then doing Red Mountain with it, saw 3 cinnamons. Hiking up to Willow Lakes a few years back to climb Challenger and Carson, 'bumped' into a nice large black on the trail about half way up. Also while backpacking into Stewart Creek area for San Luis, we had a black bear circling camp one night! Quite exciting !!
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Re: First real bear encounter

Postby Point North » Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:37 am

If it had been a real brown bear (Mr. Grizz) and you had clanked your trekking poles and talked sass to him like that, you'd be scat.

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Re: First real bear encounter

Postby ChrisinAZ » Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:18 pm

Heh, somehow I missed this thread the first time around.

Matt and I did indeed experience "something" in those fields on the way back to the trailhead. Peering through the trees at that loud clanking sound, for half a second I thought I glimpsed something large, rounded, and dark brown through the trees. Unsurprisingly, I didn't try to venture closer!

The first two miles up the Medano Creek Trail should be in the dictionary under "bear country". Also, "spectacular".
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Re: First real bear encounter

Postby gurlyclimber » Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:38 pm

I've been living down in the Roxborough Park area for about 1 month now. Within that month I have been huffed at by a bear in Elk Valley, watched one amble along the hillside beside the main road in the park and I ran upon another one grazing on the Elk Valley Trail. He was big and very close. He stared at me for a few seconds. Actually he watched me long enough for me to have time to wonder if he was going to come after me or run away. Luckily he ran away. So did I, after he did of course! There’s a lot of local wildlife in Roxborough Park, especially at dusk. I still get a giddy adrenaline rush every time I see a bear. Come to think of it, if I combine those encounters with the 2 cubs that I saw while bouldering in Deer Creek Canyon, I have seen a total of 5 bears this past spring. And they were all in the Littleton area. AWESOOOOOMMMEEEEE!!! Those of us who live here are so lucky!
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