Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: vancouver, bc, Canada.
I forgot one key detail in this story.
Jack is a foreigner. From the UK originally, and was residing in New Zealand until he got a 2 year visa for Canada. He's not used to scary animals that can kill you, and is afraid of bears.
I told him there were no grizzlies in the area, and some black bears, but he needed to be extremely careful of Canadian Drop Bears. The kind that can see you hiking through the forest and then drop on you and smother you to death. The kind that build nests only in thick tree cover. The kind that can also roll extremely fast downhill and take you out, and then smother you again.
The entire hike in and out, he kept a careful watch. Don and I carefully explained their habitat, behaviours, and diet.
Jack survived the day, and there were no encounters with Canadian Drop Bears, and despite very careful observation, no sightings of nests or bears..
At home, his Kiwi missus laughed and laughed when he told her the story.