Grizzly Bear Bites Climber
In the late fall, visiting U.K. climbers Nick Bullock and Greg Boswell were packing a trail on Mount Wilson to the base of Dirty Love V M8 1200m to attempt the second ascent. After climbing some steep rock, they boot-packed a trail up a slope of forested terrain and started their descent. On the way, they bumped into a grizzly bear, which chased them. The grizzly bear caught up to the climbers and bit Boswell’s leg. After a few moments of chaos, Boswell and Bullock scared the bear away, but not before it left holes in Boswell’s lower leg. They continued, always on the lookout for the bear, to the rappels on the lower ice route called Shooting Star. They drove to Banff and Boswell was stitched up. He had to receive medical attention on and off for the next few days. Bullock and Boswell are two of the most accomplished Rockies climbers over the past few years. Parks Canada pursue the bear.
Above: Jon Walsh on the variation start to Rectal Squirrels Opposite top: December bouldering in Nova Scotia