High elevations and Bears in the Sierra

If you've been searching for the best source of information and stimulating discussion related to Spring/Summer/Fall backpacking, hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevada...look no further!
User avatar
TurboHike
Topix Acquainted
Posts: 33
Joined: Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:10 am
Experience: Level 3 Backpacker

Re: High elevations and Bears in the Sierra

Post by TurboHike » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:06 pm

AlmostThere wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:02 am
Acres of toilet paper.
Sounds smelly. Where? Whitney zone?








User avatar
Lumbergh21
Topix Regular
Posts: 258
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:11 pm
Experience: Level 3 Backpacker

Re: High elevations and Bears in the Sierra

Post by Lumbergh21 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:12 pm

TurboHike wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:06 pm
AlmostThere wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:02 am
Acres of toilet paper.
Sounds smelly. Where? Whitney zone?
I don't know about acres, but I saw quite a bit along Cold Creek just upstream from where the Fish Creek Trail crosses it. No where near Trail Camp levels on Whitney though. That's 3rd world squalor levels there.

User avatar
AlmostThere
Topix Addict
Posts: 2544
Joined: Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:38 pm
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

Re: High elevations and Bears in the Sierra

Post by AlmostThere » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:07 pm

Lumbergh21 wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:12 pm
TurboHike wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:06 pm
AlmostThere wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:02 am
Acres of toilet paper.
Sounds smelly. Where? Whitney zone?
I don't know about acres, but I saw quite a bit along Cold Creek just upstream from where the Fish Creek Trail crosses it. No where near Trail Camp levels on Whitney though. That's 3rd world squalor levels there.
Nope. I do trail crew in the Sierra National Forest. Trust me, there is plenty of trash and poo to keep us busy.

User avatar
Harlen
Topix Expert
Posts: 522
Joined: Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:13 am
Experience: Level 4 Explorer
Location: California

Re: High elevations and Bears in the Sierra

Post by Harlen » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:16 am

Daisy writes:
Seriously, an old friend of mine, who is a biologist, was the author of a book on "scat" back in the 70's. He did the photography himself. It was a field guide to Sh**! He did not get rich off it. LOL.
Thanks for all the bear notes. Since I see people with an appreciation of bear scat, and a sense of humor, I will lateral off to a brief section of the long Andrew Skurka video of his Alaska-Canada thousands of miles journey, which I had earlier placed in the Beyond the Sierra section, and titled: "Andrew Skurka's Alaska Trip."

The Section of his video that contains a very funny bear story along with some film, is within the youtube attachment below, and begins at about 13.50 minutes. It runs for a few minutes- please stick it out till the "bitter cherry end." [actually, it would be soapberries up there.)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMf7TypZwtc
Last edited by Harlen on Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
balzaccom
Topix Fanatic
Posts: 1742
Joined: Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:22 pm
Experience: N/A

Re: High elevations and Bears in the Sierra

Post by balzaccom » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:07 am

He's laughing on the video. but you can also see the fear and excitement he experienced.

BTW, it's 13.50 MINUTES in.
Balzaccom

check out our website: http://www.backpackthesierra.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

User avatar
Harlen
Topix Expert
Posts: 522
Joined: Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:13 am
Experience: Level 4 Explorer
Location: California

Re: High elevations and Bears in the Sierra

Post by Harlen » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:19 pm

Hey Paul, et al.

Thanks for the time correction. It is a delightful scene isn't it? Do you suppose that at least some of these encounters are fun for the bears too? I love to think that bears sometimes charge at us just to watch us jump up and down, and to hear us shriek!

I believe that they do know how to have fun. I once watched 3 grizzlies (Mom and her second year cubs) in Alaska sliding down a snowfield on their rumps and backs- seemingly for the sheer fun of it. And we once watched a Mother bear and her 3 spring cubs seemingly rolling and bounding downhill through the chinquapin shrubbery that coats the south slope of Mount Bago above Junction Meadow. That time it also looked like pure fun! Who knows?

User avatar
Lumbergh21
Topix Regular
Posts: 258
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:11 pm
Experience: Level 3 Backpacker

Re: High elevations and Bears in the Sierra

Post by Lumbergh21 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:40 am

I'm sure bears do things for the fun of it. I mean we see dogs, foxes, coyotes, wolves, etc playing. Why not bears?

User avatar
AlmostThere
Topix Addict
Posts: 2544
Joined: Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:38 pm
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

Re: High elevations and Bears in the Sierra

Post by AlmostThere » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:42 am

There are many videos on youtube of bears playing, in hammocks, on porches, in water... I think they are probably much more intelligent than most animals.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot], newossab, Pulpit, sctopdx, stringbop and 8 guests