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|kudos to those who find neat things in seemingly humble places.|
|Posted Mar 3, 2008 9:08 pm|
|Bob Sihler||Re: the unexpected|
|Thank you. Because Shenandoah lacks the grandeur one associates with the mountains, one learns to appreciate its finer details, of which it has many.|
|Posted Mar 3, 2008 9:39 pm|
|CrazySanMan||Black Bear Central|
|I started out on an 18 mile, 3 day loop on Hazel Mountain. Left Friday afternoon from the Meadow Springs parking lot trailhead. Hiked about 4.5 miles and camped on the Hazel River Trail near an old homesite with a rock pile and an old chimney still standing. |
During the hike and the night camping I had 11 black bear encounters, none of which I had to use my spray for, but two had me throwing rocks near the bears to scare them off.
After 5 nighttime black bear visits and one angry, snorting, stomping buck (almost no sleep), and with thunderstorms in the forecast for Saturday afternoon and evening I bailed out and hiked back to the car. I don't like confronting black bears when I'm out by myself, especially not 11 encounters in under 16 hours.
Aside from that the scenery was great and the trail had some difficult elevation gains at times - 500 feet in less than half a mile and almost 2000 feet over 4.5 miles - which made for a good workout with my pack on. The Cave Falls were a nice but strenuous side trip.
|Posted Jul 30, 2008 4:22 am|
|Bob Sihler||Re: Black Bear Central|
|Goodness! The busiest bear day I've ever had in SNP was, I think, three. They don't worry me much in the backcountry unless there are cubs; it's the ones that show up at the campgrounds, the ones used to people, that worry me. When I take my son camping there in Shenandoah, I'll bring pepper spray, something I've never done before outside grizzly country.|
If you haven't already done so, you should submit this in the climbers' log; it's quite a story!
|Posted Jul 30, 2008 10:51 am|