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Peter Walker
2015-12-02 20:19:28
Man meets bear, grills it...
Some folk may find Ireland's wildlife somewhat lacking in terms of diversity and exoticism. I, on the other hand, am perfectly happy living somewhere where I'm relatively unlikely to get eaten.

Recently two renowned British climbers took a trip to the Canadian Rockies. Greg Boswell has an extensive CV of cutting edge winter ascents in Scotland to his credit, while Nick Bullock is considered to be one of the world's leading alpinists. They had a moderately eventful time of it, as Bullock (for whom climbing is downtime from a harrowing job in the prison service, and whose nickname is 'Bodybag') describes in his blog. To save you reading all of it, just find the section that begins:

"Greg was behind. “Bear, aaaaaaargh.” I spun to watch Greg sprint past me and in hot pursuit was a Grizzly. The bear bounded, pulling and pushing the snow with powerful legs. The snow lapped its belly and didn’t appear to slow it. Greg ran out of sight and the carnivorous freight train passed me, snorting and growling and bounding, dusting me with spindrift – it looked at me for a second, and for a second I thought this is it, this is really f***ing it, but in that second the bear had spotted Greg had fallen. I ran uphill as fast as the deep snow allowed. Greg fell on his back and watched the monster closing. It jumped. Screaming and shouting, Greg kicked at Ursus arctos horribilis and it bit straight though his brand new boot as if it were a carpet slipper..."

http://nickbullock-climber.co.uk/2015/12/01/from-dawn-to-dusk-from-dusk-to-dawn/

Tragically, the lapsed gym fanatic in me was unduly fascinated by the amount of core strength it must take to twist your body so as to grab hold of a grizzly bear's jaws with both hands when it's dangling you in the air by your own lower leg.

For the two gentlemen concerned this escapade will probably end up as just 'a decent story for the pub'. If it had happened to Bear Grylls it would have spawned five television series, countless books and a new range of clothing from Craghoppers.


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Slieve Foye: Irish Gabbro!
IainT 6 days ago.
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sandman 21 hours ago.
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marzka 22 hours ago.
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sandman a day ago.
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Track
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marzka 22 hours ago.
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sandman a day ago.
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marzka 22 hours ago.
Very nice walk with goregous views.Dificulty: Medium- a bit wet terrain, mostly grassy- some small part of walk on th... walk, Len: 13.2km, Climb: 843m, Area: Keamconneragh, Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Irel

  
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Doonvinalla W Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
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marzka 23 hours ago.
Lovely walk with stunning views.Dificulty: Medim- wet terrain as crossing the Owgariff river- very steepy descending w... walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 673m, Area: Stoompa, Mangerton (Ireland) Stoompa, M

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Doonvinalla E Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Easy access from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259 follow the Benwee Loop walk and branch off where appropriate . The photo shows views across towards Benwee Head in the background .

  
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Carrauntoohil via central guy and dawn via oshea-gully WINTER WALK
marzka 23 hours ago.
This is a winter climb, therefore the winter equipment is needed and extra time should be added while planning that r... walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 779m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Ir

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Looking across to Doonvinalla N Top from E Top i decided it was above my pay grade to attempt the summit climb today . But to the right of the photo a route to the top seemingly exists so another ...


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