Hmmm... Do you have a source for that story? I'd be interested to read it. I know that black bear attacks on people do happen, but attacks by brownies and grizzlies are more common. Though of course, if anything is hungry enough...it will prey on humans. In my experience, all the black bears I've come across (once, I was hiking on a trail thru thick brush and came upon a black bear about 10 ft from me) have always been pretty skittish and just run away as fast as possible when you holler and make noise. One main exception of course being mama bear with her cubs... if you get in between, or too close. There is different advice given for what to do when you are attacked by a certain species of bear, and whether that bear is protecting cubs or is predatory/hungry and wanting a meal.I was living in Anchorage when this happened. Alaskans were pretty unimpressed and the comments I heard mostly consisted of "Another stupid Cheechako, they always die."
Cheechackos, a deprecating term for newcomers to Alaska, come to Alaska seeking riches or isolation or escaping from something and failure is often the outcome even for the well prepared. I remember another incident where some black bears approached a homesteading family in an isolated area. The man, having no gun, put his wife and children on the roof of their small cabin while he took a skiff across a lake to summon help. By the time help arrived, the family had all been killed and fed upon by the bears. They think humans are yummy and can be more dangerous than the enormous brown Grizzly Bears. We always carried firearms when camping, hiking and fishing as help was often hours away and the wilderness is just 3 steps off the road.
"calls involving the bus" that's interesting, so it is basically a landmark?'Into The Wild Bus Claims Another Victim'
They just keep coming and dying, lol
" Veramika Nikanava and husband Piotr Markielau, of Belarus, were attempting to ford the Teklanika River on their way to the bus last Thursday when Nikanava lost her footing and was swept away by the current, ...According to the Alaska State Troopers, search and rescue personnel responded to 15 calls involving the bus between 2009 and 2017."
Hopefully your friend is alright. Who knows maybe he made a life for himself in the wilderness. Maybe he’ll come back with an awesome story to tell! I’m a wishful thinker so hopefully he’s out there living his best life.Yeah, maybe saying it could have been any of us is a little far fetched. With that said tho, i know some pretty gnarly folks who have gotten into some crazy shit from time to time and i think its pretty spectacular that they are still breathing. ive certainly bitten off more than i could chew in my lifetime and feel lucky to alive right now. but yeah, im not gonna say he wasnt ridiculously idealistic. but i also think that's how alot of us started out. and i also just dont think that there's anything inherently wrong with that. like i said, he was just tryina live his lofty ideals, not tryina be a hero. that was hollywood's doing
side note: i had a friend who went into the alaskan wilderness alone 8 years ago and never came back and his body was never found. unlike mccandless, he knew his shit and had a lot of experience doing long solo trips in the wilderness. his name was thomas seibold. its still a mystery what happened to him. i guess it wasn't good enough of a story for hollywood to make a shitty movie about. but he was really an incredible person.
Indeed. When I was up there; there were a ton of kids (lots of internationals) that were stoked and intent on that hike. It's surprising to me how many people get themselves in trouble on the stampede trail, as it's a fairly easy hike and youre never too far from the highway. Who knows."calls involving the bus" that's interesting, so it is basically a landmark?
is it this "Magic Bus" west of Healy on the northern edge of Denali?