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2011-03-09 04:04:46 PM
Came in for the KITH reference. Leaving satisfied.

/Farkers almost never disappoint
 
2011-03-09 04:17:51 PM
This is my Bear Defense when hiking or sleeping in the woods.
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Always on my chest whether I'm hiking or sleeping in my tent. It's going right in the Farking neck.
 
2011-03-09 04:18:07 PM

katerbug72: Came in for the KITH reference. Leaving satisfied.

/Farkers almost never disappoint


That's what she said!*


*and then she followed it with, "but there are exceptions like you, Doughnuts."
 
2011-03-09 04:19:48 PM

mentallo69: This is my Bear Defense when hiking or sleeping in the woods.


Always on my chest whether I'm hiking or sleeping in my tent. It's going right in the Farking neck.


Enjoy your exciting future as bear poop.
 
2011-03-09 04:22:41 PM

give me doughnuts: mentallo69: This is my Bear Defense when hiking or sleeping in the woods.


Always on my chest whether I'm hiking or sleeping in my tent. It's going right in the Farking neck.

Enjoy your exciting future as bear poop.



I'm still here arent I. I live in Washington and Backpack in bear country year round. I have encountered 3 black bears....all of them run off when they see humans immediatly. Maybe I just have a funny odor. I'm not saying I could kill a bear, but Im not going to outrun it and Im not going to let it just maul me without a fight.
 
2011-03-09 04:26:35 PM

mentallo69: I have encountered 3 black bears....all of them run off when they see humans immediatly.


That's what black bears do.

If he decides to maul you your knife is useless. You might as well be saying "if that Honda tries to run me over I'm gonna stab it in the fuel line".
 
2011-03-09 04:28:20 PM

Bill_Wick's_Friend: mentallo69: I have encountered 3 black bears....all of them run off when they see humans immediatly.

That's what black bears do.

If he decides to maul you your knife is useless. You might as well be saying "if that Honda tries to run me over I'm gonna stab it in the fuel line".


Then maybe I should just carry this. About as worthless.
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I keep bear spray on me as well.
 
2011-03-09 04:29:51 PM

mentallo69: I keep bear spray on me as well.


That's your weapon of choice. Not as sexy as a blue steel knife strapped to your chest, but will actually stop an attacking bear.
 
2011-03-09 04:40:32 PM

Bill_Wick's_Friend: mentallo69: I keep bear spray on me as well.

That's your weapon of choice. Not as sexy as a blue steel knife strapped to your chest, but will actually stop an attacking bear.


Well I do have a dagger with a +5 on Ogre slaying! Maybe I should pack that. :)
 
2011-03-09 05:06:57 PM

mentallo69: Well I do have a dagger with a +5 on Ogre slaying! Maybe I should pack that. :)


That only helps you against ogrebears. Duh. ;-)
 
2011-03-09 05:20:47 PM
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Obviously needed a bear fighting suit
 
2011-03-09 05:24:12 PM
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Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, so what?
 
2011-03-09 05:34:03 PM

dittybopper: Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, so what?


Careful, two of those are from Detroit
 
2011-03-09 05:40:15 PM
It's ok, the threat is down.
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2011-03-09 05:44:50 PM
Weird, I've always had just the opposite experience with bears. The Grizzlies will usually run off if you startle them or start marking noise, but black bears are vicious a-holes who will seek out the noise and then attack for fun. Then they eat whatever you were cooking while you hang out in your car waiting for the damn bear to leave.
 
2011-03-09 06:15:46 PM

hailin: Weird, I've always had just the opposite experience with bears. The Grizzlies will usually run off if you startle them or start marking noise, but black bears are vicious a-holes who will seek out the noise and then attack for fun. Then they eat whatever you were cooking while you hang out in your car waiting for the damn bear to leave.


That sounds like the black bears were over-socialized. Once they get too used to people, they get REALLY brazen. After they start eating from garbage cans and trash pits, they start to prefer human food to their natural diet AND they lose their fear of the humans who provide that food.

I remember one night I came home from work to find a black bear (not quite an adult, but still pretty damn big) sitting on my porch pigging out, with the remains of my garbage can scattered around it. My apartment has one door, and he's sitting right in front of it. I turned my ass around and GTFO. I ended up climbing in my bedroom window to get to my bear spray, and then sprayed him from the front door.

That was the only time I've EVER had to use bear spray, and it wasn't while hiking or climbing. It was on my frackin' porch IN THE CITY.
 
2011-03-09 09:29:48 PM
I've been lucky to have seen plenty of black bear as a eastern backpacker (incl. the AT,'06). Most often just viewing the animal before going on my way. Only a couple times did I ever interact with a bear. One time I was hiking by a blackberry bush in Virginia and quite suddenly a very big bear stood up and stared me down. Big and close enough (a couple yards away it seemed) that I actually lifted my head up as I looked at him. I slowly backed off and then hiked away a little shaken after having startled him as he ate. The other encounter was with a smaller 250-300 pound bear was sideways right in the middle of the trail I was hiking on. The bear was about 20 yds ahead of me. I simply let it know I was coming and kept my pace. The bear looked at me, then further up the trail, back at me as I approached it and then finally (at maybe ten yards) darted straight ahead off the trail.
Generally it's people who have never seen bears (or very few) that are most afraid of them. A friend of mine and I go on an annual Algonquin (Canada) canoe trip and he is rather comfortable around moose whereas they scare the crap outta me. But then he's afraid of bears much moreso than I.
 
2011-03-10 01:45:42 AM
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This may help......
Link (new window)

SFW.........mostly.
 
2011-03-10 02:11:04 AM
With the places I travel to the only bears I would be exposed to are Asiatic bears in Japan, so not scary.

And it's not like I will be sneaking around in a ghillie suit either, so everything will be getting out of my way long before I see it.

If there was the prospect of a grizzly or polar bear then that is a different story.
 
2011-03-10 04:56:49 PM

mentallo69:
Then maybe I should just carry this. About as worthless.


Re. Carrying the Bible for protection from bears:

So there you are, walking through the woods, carrying your protective Bible. All of a sudden, you see a bear charging at you. You get down on your knees and open the Bible and pray for God to save you, knowing that in a second or two the bear will be mauling you. But the attack seems to have stopped... you look up, and there is the bear on its knees, paws clasped in prayer.

It says "I dunno what you're doing, but I'm saying grace."
 
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