Jun 4, 2009 at 10:15 am #1236802
when you are sleeping and wake up to this, what do you do? User pepper spray? Whack him on the nose with your walking stick?Jun 4, 2009 at 10:31 am #1505822
@kamperdaveLocale: VA, DC, MD
I think instinctively I'd drop a deuce out of fear. Hopefully the smell would drive it away. That picture is frightening. :-)
-DaveJun 4, 2009 at 10:32 am #1505823
@tallblokeLocale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Uh-oh. Here comes the weekly gun thread.Jun 4, 2009 at 10:36 am #1505825
>>Uh-oh. Here comes the weekly gun thread.
please no, I would rather be in the tentJun 4, 2009 at 10:45 am #1505829
That is one cool photographer.Jun 4, 2009 at 10:50 am #1505831
@rinconLocale: Desert Southwest
If it had been me, I don't think I would have reached for a camera first. I would have grabbed a knife to cut my way out of the other end of the tent. I would have stopped much later to empty my drawers.
The vegetation in the background does not look much like grizzly country; more like desert. Could this be a Photoshop special?Jun 4, 2009 at 11:01 am #1505837
This picture is clearly photshoped but If it was real I would pull out my gun and blow my head off because that is the best you cound do in this situation other than throw your beautiful faithful loving wife to the bear. Thanks in advance for the nightmares. AliJun 4, 2009 at 11:02 am #1505838
if my fear became uncomfortable at the idea of a bear entering my tent
i'd simply cut and paste the bear back out of my photoshop sessionJun 4, 2009 at 11:05 am #1505839
>>The vegetation in the background does not look much like grizzly country; more like desert. Could this be a Photoshop special?
come on, dont' spoil the funJun 4, 2009 at 11:08 am #1505841
@rezniemLocale: San Francisco
Oh yah, gives me a chance to tell my bear story for the 100th time.
Had a bear this close to my tent near GNP except the door was closed….when it put its snout right next to my partners head and grunted, I hit the car alarm.
The flashing lights and horn blaring scared it (and us) both….car-camping for me in grizzly country from now on!Jun 4, 2009 at 11:21 am #1505849
anyone knows what is decibel range of bears? perhaps you can use a super loud whistle which turns the bear away?Jun 4, 2009 at 11:22 am #1505850
car-camping for me in grizzly country from now on!
Not a griz, but still …
From the SEKI website:
Jun 4, 2009 at 11:24 am #1505854
@aroth87Locale: Missouri Ozarks
This is yet another reason to sleep under a tarp. You can get out the other side :D. Even if you had two vestibules, Murphy would dictate this is the time the zipper would fail.
AdamJun 4, 2009 at 11:25 am #1505855
@halfturboLocale: Northernish California
Outtake from "Grizzly Man"?
My fav bear encounter story was from a regular poster to the original Charles Lindsey site forums who awoke one night while tarp camping–IIRC on the PCT in Oregon–to a bear licking the toothpaste off his mouth.
I believe he may have switched to baking soda and salt, but that could just be my embellishment.
RickJun 4, 2009 at 11:49 am #1505866
Ali your wife would just be an appetizer.
And now for the gun stuff- your gun would only tick him off-
"U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigated human and bear encounters from 1992 to 2005 and found that people who defended themselves with firearms were injured about 50 percent of the time by the bear. People who used the bear spray escaped injury 98 percent of the time, and the few injuries they suffered were far less severe than those in the gun-toting realm. Why? Because it's difficult to stop a bear with a gun and wounded bears are more likely to become even more aggressive…
Another study was performed by Thomas Smith, a bear biologist from Brigham Young University. After analyzing 20 years of bear incidents, he found that bear spray was effective 92 percent of the time, compared to 67 percent for guns."
NO more from me on guns!
Sorry if I'm starting something- please don't anyone reply to my post.Jun 4, 2009 at 11:55 am #1505870
@acrosomeLocale: Back in the Front Range
> please don't anyone reply to my post.
Hmm. That sounds an awful lot like "I just want to post an unopposed rant, but I'm going to try and make it look like I'm just trying to avoid a flame war."
P.S. note that I did NOT in any way discuss the G word. Consider the motion to avoid the G word seconded.
P.P.S. Note the smiley, Tad, and that I signed it "Love,".Jun 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm #1505878
I'd scream a scream that would curdle its blood and I would jam my thumbs as deep into its eyes as possible and not let go no matter what. While my thumbs were in its skull I'd do my best to bite its entire nose off.
I would then very likely be killed.
But that SOB would go wandering off into the woods to die a long, slow, excruciating blind-nose-less bear death.
Victory or Death.
(or both)Jun 4, 2009 at 12:22 pm #1505881
Dean, thanks for the love-
I knew someone would bring up the spray vs gun thing and I just wanted to end the battle before it begin.
I don't carry either of them, so I with Craig on the thumb technique.Jun 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm #1505883
in the ice holeJun 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm #1505884
@owareLocale: Steptoe Butte
Hand him my ramen noodles.Jun 4, 2009 at 12:43 pm #1505889
Tad, I said blow out my brains not his, I know g$@s are useless. AliJun 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm #1505890
@owareLocale: Steptoe Butte
So you would recommend spraying bear spray in your tent?Jun 4, 2009 at 1:14 pm #1505900
Ali- similar to what Lloyd Christmas (dumb and dumber movie) said-
"so you're saying I have a reading problem"?
David- I don't use/carry either, but if I did I'd want the one with the better odds of survival, smelly tent or not- at that range he would be inhaling most of it (I hope).Jun 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm #1505911
in that situation, absolutely
i'd use whatever i had – throw the p**p from my pants in his face – to quote my favorite line from "Wargames" "Sh*t, boy, I'd p*ss on a sparkplug if I thought it'd do any good"Jun 4, 2009 at 6:02 pm #1505993
…that's nothing a good headlock can't fix. :)
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