Bear Scare

Trail: allen

Date Hiked: 8/10-13/00

Conditions: muddy, blowdowns everywhere (thick! and unavoidable)

Special Required Equipment: a good bearproof canister!!!!!!!

Comments: took inge's advice and went in from elk lake. ...no turning back this time bought new top of the line gps and had alIens longitude and latitude punched in. got within 3 miles of the summit when i turned my ankle!! spent 2 nights in the middle of nowhere. on

night number 2, i heard some rustling outside my tent and peeked out a bear was tearing my bearbag to shreds (boy the bears up here are big. ..this one
had to be 5 foot while standing on its hind legs!!!!). took all of my food...all of it!! had to hobble for 12 hours to get back to the trail and then another 8 hours back to the car. no more solo trips for me. i hate allen!!! glad to be back in nyc once again. never found my rolex. guess im going to have to buy a
good bear container now...

Submitted by: richard bern