DAY 155 glacier Park day 1 It’s a GRIZZ!!

Sept 14 

I was awake before six and could see a flurry of activity  in the dark as hikers  got dressed ready to head to the permit office to wait  for it to open. As they were getting scarce.

it soon went quite and I dozed  but really should be making a move.

Once  it was light  I let out the air from my mattress  and begun to pack up .

Omg  I have far too much stuff. can I carry it all?

Somehow it was all inside my pack  I weighted it out of curiosity  65lb…bloody  hell…

Most of the other hikers were going for the  breckfast Buffet at the lodge. But I thought if I was to do that I would  be ill before I had completed a mile. 

So I grabbed some spare fruit which I woofed  and a soda  then I was ready. I hoisted my pack and  groaned.  It actually wasn’t that bad. 

I headed off down the road and rejoined the trail. It was cool but not cold  and the smoke  appeared to have lifted  and so I could see the mountains. 

I headed off down the trail music on I’m heading to  Canada  whoop..

The trail was a little up and down   but  it always is  ha ha. It was 5  miles to  Two medicine. And then after this it was going to be climbing….such fun but with a heavy pack  it could be a nightmare. 

I pushed on singing away  . Well if my voice doesn’t scare the bears then nothing will  oh and I have been reunited with my bear spray  so  I’m now invincible   haha  in my dreams.

It wasn’tong untill.i approached  two medicine walked  past the rangers  hut.(where I had got my permits the day before)

There  were about a dozen people outside  all mingling around. I ignored them and walked down though the park and towards  the river.  I stopped at a map  before the bridge to check  my campsite but l it wasn’t on there..I  was just pondering when a couple   came along  and commented on my huge pack. Well I was able to make them laugh. 

Okay  snail onwards. I crossed over the bridge and began to climb.it wasn’t long until two medicine  was far below. 

Being a park the paths are kept fairly neat and tidy  and the elevations  not too steep Thank god lol.

I was soon at the top and  was flanked either side  by huge masses of rock. .I pushed on through several meadows and them  I laughed  there was a pretty neat bridge  but  there was no water…..

I was once again checking my map when a  local elderly man  came by  he pointed me in the right direction  and headed off he was going to do a loop.

I pushed on up the valley and was amazed at the breathtaking Vistas in front of me. Sadly the smoke had returned  so  you  couldnt see further than the mountains in front of you.

I pushed on down the trail as it meandered in and out of  forests. Then I  could see a person up ahead,I called out  hiker  approaching  but she still jumped.  Sorry  I said as I passed her in front was her partner enjoy your hike I said  as I past him by.

Several more yards and I met the man coming  back.

He  motioned to me so I stopped and removed my ear buds

There a rather large grizzly  up ahead  he said.

It’s about a 100 yards when you see a log in the trail.

Take the safety off of your bear spray and approach with caution. 

OMG….A GRIZZ.

I removed my earbuds and stowed them . Then began walking forward slowly calling  out HI bear  every  few  yards…eventually I came to the  log  my senses  were now on high alert.  Bears  are normally skittish around humans and so if they hear you coning  they are normally off. Grizzly’s are  not afraid  and gently will ignore  you unless they have cubs a carcass  or  you scare or threaten them..

Even so  I was a little afraid  well actually  scared  shitless…  I edged  on up the trail continuing to call out  HI Bear…

And then he was  in front of me Bloody  huge. He  lumbered  up the trail so I hung  back  still calling hi bear  so he knew I was there. 

I have to say this grizz was beautiful  his coat a silvery  grey with a white band under his huge head.

I continued  walking after  him but slowly as this was the waY I needed  to go.he didn’t seem bothered  by  me and kept stopping to gorge on huckleberries. I was getting a little braver  so began to ask the bear  if I could pass…and slowly  I walked passed   him my heart was going like the clappers  as I carried on up the trail still talking to the bear..

Phew  I felt that  I was safe  but kept calling  HI bear  as I continued on down the trail.

THEN…..OMG

A huge  black bear  the biggest that I had even seen lunged  at me then  stood up and roared at me  I guessing we both scared each other. But omg I thought I was going to die..but then the bear  retreated and I waked on rather quickly  my  heart almost busrting through my chest. 

I had been shouting HI bear  so maybe he was asleep  and I woke  him but omg  he scared the crap  out of me.

So for the rest of the afternoon I kept calling hi bear  as I hiked on I soon came out of the forest and was amazed at sights in front of me a huge lake surrounded  by huge  cliffs. Wow..my camera doesn’t do it justice.  But  it’s just wow.

But now I had to climb up and out of the valley and it was steep.  So I thought I can stop  calling bear now  until I saw  several huge mounds of bear  scat so I  began cling once more.

Once at the top the views were simply breathtaking  most 360 views   and once again its a shame about the smoke as you could normally be able to see for miles. 

Looking down there were another section of lakes .I think that’s where I’m.heading I thought.

A few yards  on was a signpost confirming   my thoughts.

I began to head down .it was steep even with the switchbacks .

Back and fourth getting lower and lower.  Eventually emerging by  one of the lakes.  I decided to take 5 minutes and grab water although there was water at my designated  campsite. I was booked in at Morning star which was about 3 miles away.

I was still heading down  and in some places I  struggled as it was slippery. 

So I needed to concentrate  while still shouting hi bear. 

I’m here great  I see a sign announcing the campsite  and there is a map. 

Drop toilet, camping,food prep area and hanging pole.

I find a suitable spot and soon have my tent up. I grab all my food items  and then explore. 

I find the food prep area and  pole. Firstly I throw my rope,  done  then I began to cook.

I’m just about to eat  dinner when it begins  to rain. 

Bugger  I say  . I grab  the food  bits and put them in my ursack.

 I hoist  them up and tie  it off. My tea and dinner I  grab and head back to my tent. I’m comfortable  eating in my tent  but  not today.. so I eat in the vestibule.  The rains  now gets  much heavier. When it stops I clean my pot and then put it a few yards fom my tent with a large  rock on top of it… fingers crossed.

Okay   so no  late  cups of tea or  hot chocolate  in my tent until I’m out of glacier

Night all

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