Run-in with Grizzly is a Real Cliffhanger

Run-ins with bears are scary enough.

But when hiker Sean McKnight realized he was sharing the same narrow trail with a grizzly in Glacier National Park, well, things got REALLY hairy.

That’s because the trail he was on (the Highline Trail) just so happened to be located on a sheer cliff face.

With his bear spray located at the bottom of his pack (d’oh!), Sean was left with only one option. He carefully exited the trail by scaling the precarious rock face and hid behind a boulder until the bear passed.

“He just gave me a couple of huffs and scampered on by.”

– Cliff-hanging close-call hiker Sean McKnight, to the Daily News

Hikers witnessed the whole thing from an overlook at the Logan’s Pass Visitors Center, their warning shouts going unheard because of the distance.

One of the onlookers, Philip Granrud, captured the whole harrowing scene with his telephoto lens.

"He could have easily fallen to his death, photographer Philip Granrud told the Daily News after capturing this dramatic image of a hiker avoiding a grizzly bear by clinging to a cliff face.  (Image: Philip Granrud/Philip Granrud Photography)
“He could have easily fallen to his death,” photographer Philip Granrud told the Daily News after capturing this dramatic image of a hiker avoiding a grizzly bear by clinging to a cliff face. (Image: Philip Granrud/Philip Granrud Photography)

Whoa.

Miraculously, both bear and hiker came out of this unharmed. Let it be a reminder to never go out in bear country unprepared (i.e. keep that bear spray at the TOP of your pack).

Have you ever experienced a too-close-for-comfort situation in the wild? If you’ve got a story, I want to hear it!

 

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2 Responses to “Run-in with Grizzly is a Real Cliffhanger”

  1. Harry Meyer

    Wow. I could “barely” believe this. Never take a bear for “granite”.

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