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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.

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I got charged by a Grizzly Boar on the 4th of July. Didn't feel his breath on my face, but I almost pooped my pants.

Bears are awesome. Thanks for sharing.


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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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Doesn't it just piss you off how quickly they can get through the rhododendron?

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What did his breath smell like... leaves? berries? fish? hiker?

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Well if I was a bear, I would have preferred a good rhododendron patch too, a lovely locale to while away the day, have some lunch, and take a nap or two. But to feel the breath of a black bear, hark, you surely must have shatted yourself indeed. If not then, then surely later whence you had a moment's peace to think about your life.

I've bumped into those bruins one too many times myself, and my how they have a knack of putting you in the present moment. You will think of nothing else than the task at hand. And that's kind of neat for ADD people.

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