(OrionNights @ Oct. 13 2012, 4:48 pm)
I was recently hiking the A.T. through the Smokey Mountains. I had set out SoBo from Clingmans Dome and enjoyed some wonderful scenery and great company. On our third day into the trip, approaching a mountain top, I came into a rhododendron tunnel. As I turned a corner a Black Bear let out a roar. I felt his breath across my face as his warning was ringing in my ears. I backed up slowly, checking to see if I had wet myself. As I turned to look in the direction of the bear, all I saw was his rear as he ran crashing through the underbrush. A few minutes later my heart started beating again and my trail stories contained a new adventure.
awesome! glad your ok. we recently hiked through Yellowstone, and definitely had our bear spray, but none were even seen
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