- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Riverbend Publishing; 1 edition (July 5, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931832692
- ISBN-13: 978-1931832694
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hiking With Grizzlies: Lessons Learned 1st Edition
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“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.
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I am preparing to spend a week in Glacier in about a month (mid September 2017), and I'm glad this is one of the books I have read in preparing for my big adventure out West!
And to saying, "HELLO," around every corner
Bill Keating~ Ya might want to grab yourself a copy! ;)
On several occasions, Rubbert finds a bear one day, harasses it until the bear leaves the area, and then returns with Cole the next day for a repeat performance. When Rubbert and Cole come upon fresh bear tracks or diggings, they don't turn around to avoid the bear. They don't make noise to alert the bear of their presence. Instead, they silently move ahead until they find the bear. They're stalking bears for photographs. Of course they always pull out their bear spray first so that if anything goes wrong they can save their butts by macing the bear.
Rubbert and Cole's abusive behavior is inexcusable. You have to wonder if they'd have the nerve to force so many confrontations with grizzlies if they weren't armed with bear spray. Rubbert and Cole are not biologists or scientists of any sort, yet Rubbert refers to Cole as his "associate," and constantly mentions their "studies." Rubbert and Cole aren't legitimate researchers, they're Timothy Treadwell wannabes. Like Treadwell, Rubbert gives you the same advice on how to avoid encounters with bears that you'd find in any NPS brochure, then ignores his own advice. Hiking With Grizzlies is filled with textbook examples of how NOT to behave in bear country. Based on the evidence Rubbert presents in Hiking With Grizzlies, he should be banned from Yellowstone and Glacier National Park.
Mr. Rubbert's book is based on first hand experience. In fact, I can't imagine any one individual having hiked so many trails and having had as many first hand encounters as Tim. His photographs and renditions (especially the mauling event)puts the reader right there at the scene. Do not miss this book!!