Glacier Park Photographer

Glacier Park Photographer
Saint Mary Lake and Wild Goose Island, Glacier National Park, Montana

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sping Grizzly Encounter and Whitewater!

In the last week overnight lows have been in the mid 30's which means spring is here. Recently I made a trip up Many Glacier's and while on my climb I ran across a sow grizzly and her new, young of the year cub - that's always a little nerve racking!

Fortunately everything turned out fine. The encounter added hour or so to my decent of Altyn Mountain. Just as I was down off the steep slopes I saw the bears cross about 100 yards in front of me and directly in line with my route off the mountain. Because of the cliffs and direction I planned to go, the only way out was back up the mountain a ways, and then across the face and back down a steep chute to the road.

There was enough snow in the chute to glassade down a fair bit which helped me make up some lost time. When I returned to the vehicle, with the light fading fast, I glassed the bear and cub about 250 yards from where I first saw them. I was a bit lucky because had I stayed on my original decent path, I would have passed with in yards of them. Lucky for all of us everything turned out great!


I also spend a few hours shooting whitewater kayakers on the Flathead River. It's great fun photographing sports, particularly one's that are as colorful and exiting as whitewater. Well, that's all for now, have a great spring! I'll update in a few days. . .



Cheers!

Tony
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