Griz­zly Bear Bites Climber

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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

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