Art + Soul

Bear Spray Gone Astray

Seven stories of bear spray attempts gone horribly, horribly wrong.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign

Sometimes a small reminder is all you need to refresh your bear-awareness before heading into the backcountry. For this mountain girl, her reminder came from a grizzly bear itself!

Two Biologists and a Boy: The Long Way Home

A couple of weeks ago, a young male elk ran us off the trail. It was the first time I’’ve been threatened by an animal while hiking with my son Dylan, and the only time I’’ve ever popped the safety off of my bear spray. It happened when Dylan and I were hiking with a friend, Tracy, and her daughter,…

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Bear Spray Gone Astray

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…

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