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Bailing off the NOSE, With a hungry friend below at the base.

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By Buff Johnson
Jun 11, 2007

This is one of those "Ah Sh*t!" moments.

By Legs Magillicutty
From: Littleton
Jun 29, 2007

WOW! What a sight! Is that a Brown Bear? I didn't know we had those here. Gorgeous!

By Tavis Ricksecker
From: Bishop, ca
Jul 23, 2007

Now I'm no bear expert, but Blacks come in black, brown, cinnamon, and blonde... That one sure looks brown, tho... and hungry! :)

By A.P.T.
From: Truckee,Ca
Aug 17, 2007

Great Shot! That Bear looks disturbed and pissed off..

By jhump
Aug 22, 2007

He was pissed because he could not climb the 5.5 up to my pack. Thus, he decided to wait at the bottom for his meal to come to him. At one point he actually tried to climb the rock and get us. We were about 50' up (guess) about to rappel from a bollard looking rock horn just right of the Nose start. After a while of shooting pics and teasing him with talk of pic-a-nic baskets, I banged around some hexes and he sauntered off up the hill and out of sight. Fun stuff.

By Dave Fiorucci
From: Boulder, Colorado
Feb 14, 2008

Awesome shot! What a cool story to go with it. I love bears. That would be wild to have one at the base of a climb. A friend I know was out scouting for caves got chased up a tree. The bear climbed the tree and bit him in the ass one time. He had to go get stitches after that. Your lucky you were on your route at the time, and also had your pack up higher than where he could get to it.

By Kat A
From: Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
Mar 2, 2008

Seeing this bear at the base of the climb would make me want to head back up....

By Theo Barker
From: Loveland, CO
Sep 2, 2008

Now, what was that thread about packing heat?? That would be one time I might feel a little more comfortable with a 40 or 45 handy, just in case... :-)

By AdamB
From: Charlotte, NC
Feb 9, 2010

Wow, pooped 'em.

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Bailing off the NOSE, With a hungry friend below at the base.

Submitted By: jhump on Apr 22, 2007
On this route:
The Nose (5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b )