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Posted: Dec 27, 2022 - 2:27pm

Seattle is having king tides along with lots of runoff and a big low pressure system. The result is really high water that is topping bulkheads and causing some river flooding. 


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Posted: Dec 27, 2022 - 1:59pm

 Bill_J wrote:

When hiking in bear country it's a good idea to wear little jingle bells on your shoes to alert but not startle the bears. Also have pepper spray in case of an encounter.  Be aware of signs of bear activity such as bear droppings. These can be easily identified because they contain little jingle bells and smell like pepper.

And they steam in cold air.
Now that's fresh!


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Posted: Dec 27, 2022 - 11:35am

When hiking in bear country it's a good idea to wear little jingle bells on your shoes to alert but not startle the bears. Also have pepper spray in case of an encounter.  Be aware of signs of bear activity such as bear droppings. These can be easily identified because they contain little jingle bells and smell like pepper.
westslope

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Location: BC sage brush steppe


Posted: Dec 27, 2022 - 9:41am

 kurtster wrote:


Way back when, I was told that when a black bears sees you they are only thinking about one thing, dinner.

The wife told me that when they would go camping / hunting up in the Sierra or out at Joshua Tree in California, they would always get a bear tag. They were not there to hunt bears, wild boar actually, but in case they had to shoot a bear in self defense, you had better have a tag. It does not matter if you kill a bear in self defense, no tag and the wrath of the government comes down on you hard. Huge fines and possible jail time.


My experience with black bears has been very different.   A few simply keep focusing on the food they came to eat (mollusks on the beach, grass, berries).   All the others are scared absolutely shitless by me and anybody I might have with me.  The majority actually.    

I have treed two black bears so far (without trying) and I expect to tree a few more black bears before my time on this earth is done.   The first time this happened, we mutually treed each other in dense after-forest fire pine.  I started banging on the pine tree branches like a griz and the yearling black bear slid out of the tree and fucked off running as fast as it possibly could.  It was the same yearling that had raided the ranch garbage cans on a couple of occasions.  Embarrassing.   

The second time, I was pushing my way a few centimetres at a time through a heavy thicket of Devil's Club on the Bel Irving River in NW British Columbia.   Man was I glad it was a small cinnamon shade black bear because 'flight' was out of the question.   Oddly enough, I was not that worried.  Earlier that day I came within 15 to 20 metres of massive bull moose.  That was scary.  Bull moose are like range bulls.  If they panic, they blindly flee.   There is no negotiating.   "Excuse me sir" is most unlikely to work.

I have a friend — my travel mentor actually — who lives in and regularly hikes the high country in the Rockies.  He has been charged by griz at least twice (on both occasions he was hiking with greenhorns).  So when his daughters were growing up, he packed a rifle whenever they went fishing and hiking.   This friend is bigger than I am.  ~1,98 maybe?    6 foot, 6 inches?   He was also a long-distance routard so like me he has faced all kinds of dangers.   I strongly suspect that he took out a couple of guys in northern India about half a century ago.   But I don't push it too hard.  If it happened, they would have been righteous kills.

Buddy had an excuse to carry his firearm.  His daughters are now fully grown and he no longer packs even when he goes a half day hike off the road all by himself.

Nobody else I know carry firearms to protect against bears.  I have never carried a firearm and never will.   I used to pack pepper spray on coastal salmon streams.  I no longer bother.

Knowledge is power.   Maintaining good physical health, good eyesight and good hearing are important.  Knowing how to look and how to listen are key.   All that takes dedication, focus and effort.  


If firearms are necessary to provide protection against bears, then a trained, qualified security officer should be assigned to providing bear protection and nothing else.

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Posted: Dec 27, 2022 - 8:20am

 westslope wrote:
 Proclivities wrote:

Fatal bear attacks are rare in North America, but they do occur.

Yes.   It is interesting to read the the characteristics and circumstances of the people who died.   Looks like there are many preventable deaths in that list of cases. 

Then there are the predatory black bears — not that common — but hard to predict.

Some stylized facts from western Canada:   Brown (Grizzly) bears in the coastal regions and on salmon rivers are not particularly dangerous, i.e., overall safe.    The same bears in the interior mountain ranges, especially the Rocky Mountains can be very dangerous.  Anybody hiking the high country in the Rockies during the summer months should be bear aware and competent. There appear to be far more Brown bear/Grizzly bear fatalities in Alaska than British Columbia.  I have no idea why..  Could it be simply a function of more people going into the wilds in Alaska?   I have read of stories of Americans with really romantic, out-to-lunch views of bearsand nature in general  who managed to get themselves killed but we have those people here in Canada too.  A few years ago, a retired Alaskan bush pilot was badly mauled on the Morice River near Houston, BC.  He would have been fishing steelhead in late September.  Several species of Pacific salmon run into the Morice.   The sow removed his lower jaw.  He survived.   Apparently he had spent much time in the company of Grizzly bears and was not worried.  I suspect that given his age and profession, his hearing was failing.  A nearby creek would have provided lots of background white noise to smother bear movements.   I also suspect that he did not check and read the area before becoming engrossed in working on his gear. Veteran Alaska Bush pilot mauled by grizzly Pasted: Grizzlies are common to the area, but authorities reported this was the first mauling in anyone's memory.
 
Way back when, I was told that when a black bears sees you they are only thinking about one thing, dinner.

The wife told me that when they would go camping / hunting up in the Sierra or out at Joshua Tree in California, they would always get a bear tag.  They were not there to hunt bears, wild boar actually, but in case they had to shoot a bear in self defense, you had better have a tag.  It does not matter if you kill a bear in self defense, no tag and the wrath of the government comes down on you hard.  Huge fines and possible jail time.
GeneP59

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Posted: Dec 27, 2022 - 7:49am

 Steve wrote:
Of course... now I have a serious craving for cherry pie.



I brought a Trader Joe’s apple tart for Christmas desert. First time trying it and it wasn’t half bad.
No I meant I ate half of the tart.


westslope

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Location: BC sage brush steppe


Posted: Dec 26, 2022 - 3:41pm

 Proclivities wrote:

Fatal bear attacks are rare in North America, but they do occur.

Yes.   It is interesting to read the the characteristics and circumstances of the people who died.   Looks like there are many preventable deaths in that list of cases.  Then there are the predatory black bears — not that common — but hard to predict.

Some stylized facts from western Canada:   Brown (Grizzly) bears in the coastal regions and on salmon rivers are not particularly dangerous, i.e., overall safe.    The same bears in the interior mountain ranges, especially the Rocky Mountains can be very dangerous.  Anybody hiking the high country in the Rockies during the summer months should be bear aware and competent.

There appear to be far more Brown bear/Grizzly bear fatalities in Alaska than British Columbia.  I have no idea why..  Could it be simply a function of more people going into the wilds in Alaska?   I have read of stories of Americans with really romantic, out-to-lunch views of bearsand nature in general  who managed to get themselves killed but we have those people here in Canada too. 

A few years ago, a retired Alaskan bush pilot was badly mauled on the Morice River near Houston, BC.  He would have been fishing steelhead in late September.  Several species of Pacific salmon run into the Morice.   The sow removed his lower jaw.  He survived.  

Apparently he had spent much time in the company of Grizzly bears and was not worried.  I suspect that given his age and profession, his hearing was failing.  A nearby creek would have provided lots of background white noise to smother bear movements.   I also suspect that he did not check and read the area before becoming engrossed in working on his gear.

Veteran Alaska Bush pilot mauled by grizzly

Pasted:

Grizzlies are common to the area, but authorities reported this was the first mauling in anyone's memory.


Steve

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Posted: Dec 26, 2022 - 9:54am

 GeneP59 wrote:

I will Second that motion!   





Of course... now I have a serious craving for cherry pie.


GeneP59

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Posted: Dec 26, 2022 - 9:02am

 Steve wrote:



Vote For Pie!

I will Second that motion!   

Steve

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Posted: Dec 26, 2022 - 8:10am

 Manbird wrote:

It's a perfect day to bake a cherry pie! Mmm mm mm mm mm!





Vote For Pie!
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Posted: Dec 25, 2022 - 2:55pm

 Steely_D wrote:



We got down to 3F - plus wind chills. But, the power stayed on and no pipes froze. So - yay.
Steely_D

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Posted: Dec 25, 2022 - 2:34pm


Manbird

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Posted: Dec 25, 2022 - 1:35pm

It's a perfect day to bake a cherry pie! Mmm mm mm mm mm!


Proclivities

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Posted: Dec 25, 2022 - 1:05pm

 westslope wrote:
...I know, I know.  Dozens if not hundreds have died horrible deaths from savage, cruel Grizzly bear attacks over the decades.     Or have they?  Frankly, has anybody in the area died from a griz attack in the post-war period?   Not that I am aware of. ...

Fatal bear attacks are rare in North America, but they do occur.
westslope

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Posted: Dec 25, 2022 - 11:50am

 Steely_D wrote:


OK, as a city slicker - but I watch a lot of Alone - I don't know why the blade, unless you're thinking of shaving bark to make kindling?
Season 7 was my favorite, maybe because it was my first.  

I watched a few episodes of Alone.  Especially the ones filmed on the shores of Chilko Lake in Cariboo-Chilcotin region of British Columbia because I know the area.  I was impressed with the skill sets and problem solving abilities of some of the participants.  I was not impressed with the gratuitous fear mongering efforts.  Perhaps viewers understand black and grizzly bears about as well as American voters understand the Vietnamese, Cubans, Venezuelans or Russians? 

I know, I know.  Dozens if not hundreds have died horrible deaths from savage, cruel Grizzly bear attacks over the decades.     Or have they?  Frankly, has anybody in the area died from a griz attack in the post-war period?   Not that I am aware of.    Would guess that hundreds if not thousands have died in automobile accidents and from substance abuse, in particular tobacco and alcohol.   

Can imagine the producers of Alone sharing that information with you?  


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A short skinning blade can be used for all kinds of things including shaving dry sticks to create kindling.   It can be used as rough substitutes for an axe, a saw, a shovel.  It can be used to clean fish or rodents.   It can dig slivers out of your skin.  It can open mussels and shells.  A knife can be used to mark a trail, useful if you get lost.  A knife can be used to carve words as a message to others which, once again, could be useful if you get lost.

In passing, I never get lost because I always do my homework before going into a new area.  I spend hours pouring over topographic maps and satellite image maps at home to the point that I form rough 3D images in my head. That said, it does not hurt to be prepared for all possible outcomes. 

Finally, if I ever have a close territorial face-to-face confrontation with a bear, the knife will give me an extra layer of confidence that might help, on the understanding that the knife by itself is unlikely to help.

I once worked for a woman on a cow-calf ranch who stood down a big boar grizzly when she was in her young 20s.  She had a .22 rifle with her and knew that it was completely and utterly useless.  Dodie stood her ground, softly cursed the boar, told him to behave in a low steady voice, and avoided direct eye contact.     It was too much ice cream and not enough exercise that finally did Dodie in after well over a half century of playing and working in the Purcells and Rockies.    She and her second husband Harry Riddel ran British Columbia's largest big game guiding outfit up the Bull River for several decades until Harry died.  By that time, the logging roads had been pushed in and degraded the quality of the experience.





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Posted: Dec 24, 2022 - 4:06pm


Steely_D

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Posted: Dec 24, 2022 - 2:37pm

 westslope wrote:
hypothermia.   I plan for it. It is the main reason why I always carry a short skinning blade and a butane lighter (or two) when heading out.  



OK, as a city slicker - but I watch a lot of Alone - I don't know why the blade, unless you're thinking of shaving bark to make kindling?
Season 7 was my favorite, maybe because it was my first.  

kurtster

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Posted: Dec 24, 2022 - 12:47pm

-1 F this morning, -20F windchill  was colder overnight and the windchill was about -40F.  The house rocked a couple of times with gusts up to 50 mph.  They clocked a gust of 74 mph up on the lake front last night.

Now home from work, about 5F, no idea what the windchill is but the wind is still howling out there.

Wiper fluid frozen.  Thank g for polarized lenses.
ptooey

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Posted: Dec 24, 2022 - 12:43pm

84 degrees warmer than the day before yesterday. 


westslope

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Posted: Dec 24, 2022 - 12:19pm

 Steely_D wrote:

Unrelated but related: a medical maxim is "You're not dead until you're warm and dead." Folks thought to be lost from immersion in ice water lakes, etc, have revived miraculously.


Unrelated but every time I head into the backcountry even during the warmest summer months, my first safety thought is about hypothermia.   I plan for it. It is the main reason why I always carry a short skinning blade and a butane lighter (or two) when heading out.  

The second concern is exhaustion due to heat and sun during the mid-summer months.  That is an important reason for dressing head to toe in bright hot sun.    Direct, bright sun wears people down whether they notice it or not. 

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