“Tim’s accounts will definitely help any hiker develop a common-sense strategy for hiking in grizzly country.” --Jim Cole, author of Lives of Grizzlies-Montana and Wyoming and Lives of Grizzlies-Alaska
“Hiking with Grizzlies is loaded with first-hand field experience from a man who has covered the trails.” --Ben Long, author of Great Montana Bear Stories
About the Author
After receiving his B.A. degree in mathematics at the University of Minnesota and a J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law, Tim Rubbert went to work in the insurance industry where he became disillusioned with the corporate lifestyle. Since 1985 he has devoted his life to the study, observation, and photography of bears and grizzlies in particular. In the last 7 years alone, Tim has hiked more than 8,500 miles and experienced more than 800 grizzly sightings in the lower 48 states. During his extensive travels throughout bear country, Tim has made a point of: - Concentrating on backcountry observation with the goal of learning as much about grizzlies as possible with a minimum of intrusion. - Focusing his studies mainly in the Glacier National Park ecosystem which also includes the Great Bear Wilderness and the Whitefish Range. - Documenting numerous backcountry encounters with grizzlies. - Learning and teaching others about the proper use of bear spray, which he has had to use twice. - Performing volunteer work with the National Biological Survey, observing grizzly bears in Denali National Park, Alaska, in 1994. - Working with the Center for Wildlife Information, educating people on bear avoidance. Tim is presently conducting grizzly bear slide presentations and guided hikes at Big Mountain Resort near Whitefish, Montana, and has archived an extensive collection of grizzly bear and other wildlife and scenic photos. He also instructs classes at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana, on grizzly habitat and behavior. He lives in grizzly country in Montana.