Hiking in Bear Country

Bonnie Johnson's PostThe Monashee Mountains boasts some of the most spectacular hiking areas in all of British Columbia. Walk through the Interior Rain Forests where the Cedar trees have stood for hundreds of years and the moss covers the forest floor. Follow the trails up to the Alpine meadows, jagged peaks and stunning white glaciers.  All hikers are encouraged to use extra caution when on the trails, due to frequent sightings of grizzlies and Black bears. The mountains are also home to Goats, Wolverines, Moose, Cariboo, Cougars and you never know if you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the ever so elusive Sasquach.  Use caution, this is Grizzly country. http://www.okanagan-tours.com/hiking.htm

Ok, you don’t have to tell me twice!  Use caution, this is grizzly country!!  I’ve known a few Sasquach in my time and they don’t scare me a bit…but bears…

Bears were already on my mind even before I left the house that morning.  I actually caught myself tidying up a little extra…in case I didn’t make it back…don’t want anyone who is packing up my belongings to think I was a slob!   I know! Ridiculous!

twin lakes

Barry, Lozz, Steve, Tracy and me (John with bear spray took photo)

So six of us ventured out for a two hour hike up to Twin Lakes in the Monashee Mountain range last Sunday morning.  It was a perfect day for the hike, sunny but not too hot.  We brought our lunches and plenty of water.  The climb up was challenging at times but the incredible views made it all so worth it.

bear bell

Tracey, Lozz and me

I tied a bear bell to my shoe lace so that each step I took would jingle out my approach.  Another bear bell was attached to one of the walking sticks so there was a lovely little jingle jangle song that in affect was singing out, “Here we come, nice bears.  We don’t mean you any harm so please let us pass without eating us and we’ll be so very grateful to you”.

I also made my husband carry bear spray.  So he could be a hero when he rescued all of us.  Wasn’t that nice of me to think of him like that?  He complained that he would lose valuable running away time while he fumbled to unclasp and then aim and shoot the spray into the bear’s eyes but I reassured him he’d be great!

We all tried to remember whether you are supposed to run or play dead when a grizzly bear attacks.  No one could remember.  After one particularly strenuous stretch of climbing I decided all I could do at that point would be to play dead.

You’ll have to watch the video below to find out if I was right or not.

As it turned out we had a great day without seeing any traces of bears.  There was quite a bit of Sasquach hair on the trail though and a really interesting dude named Gordon who we met on the road to Cherryville.  He had made himself a mushing sled on wheels.  He told us he got the idea from an Australian mushing magazine.  Hmm…Australian mushing magazine eh?  I did not know Aussies had dog sleds let alone whole magazines dedicated to them.  You learn something new everyday!  Happy trails Gordo!

Gordon

Bonnie

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2 thoughts on “Hiking in Bear Country

  1. I am unsure you can be trusted now after reading this….are there BEARS on the mountain we climbed?? haha…I don’t think your cute little bell would have helped just so ya know. It looked breathtaking but just so we are clear, I don’t ever want to go on that hike !! Your much braver than I and as I recall you always have been. I admire you for that !! T xo so glad you cleaned up so I didn’t have to find out you were a slob.lol..

  2. O. M. G.! You described getting ready for your hike exactly the way I would have tackled it! I would have cleaned my house, too! And I have one of those bear bells for my bike when I ride in Whistler!
    Another thing to keep in mind when on the trails…don’t go if any of you ladies have your…Aunt Flow around. I heard bears are drawn to you. LOL! The only way you’d get me on that hike is with at least 5 others like the way you went. Strength in numbers. Sounds like the view was worth it!

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