Barry Blanchard, local alpinist and mountain guide, was recently criticized in the media for neglecting to have his bear spray with him when he ran into a grizzly bear. He and his client subsequently spent four hours huddled in a tree near Lake Louise, fending off the bear.
In Barry’s defense, after hearing the confessions from some locals involving accidental deployment, we wondered which is the greater sin: not carrying bear spray in the first place or being the victim of spray gone astray.
Our apologies in advance if you can relate to any of these ridiculous tales…
***Disclaimer: Highline Magazine does not condone unorthodox uses of bear spray or your choice to risk carrying or not carrying it with you! You’re on your own out there, people. Learn how to use it at wildsmart.ca.