Caren Ware's Blog

July 28, 2013

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Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 11:32 pm

Flow back into this blog and see that I packed solo in this wilderness region almost a year ago.  Some outdoor woman I was.  I trekked right into grizzly territory right at night fall.  I had hoped to hike to above the tree line, but got a late start and had tried an over ambitious amount of elevation gain.  I had to camp at the top of a narrow canyon after stepping over fresh bear scat and witnessing claw marks on all the trees for that past mile.  Every crack and pop on that no moon night cracked and popped my nerves.  I caved and climbed a rock face  I knew I would only  be able to down climb in the morning light.  And there I sat, perked all night, with my headlamp pointed down at my tent in wait of the pending bear.  It never came, nor did any sleep.  At the first rays of dawn I curled up my camp and packed out.  After days of being out and only a half mile from the trailhead I had a run in with a young bear.  He was scrounging for berries in an avalanche shoot below the trail and bounded in three fast leaps up to the trail to face off with me.  My reaction, who could ever explain why, was not to reach for the bear spray on my hip, but to grab the waterproof map in my back pocket and flail it out.  I shook it like a brave matador would and that petrified young thing spun on its haunches and tore the bushes down trying to get away from me.  Go figure.  But he was not a grizzly.

Now here I was headed up Teton Canyon toward Alaska basin at the same late time of day.  I think I set myself up for it to be this way.  Then there is no one on the trail and the animals are out. I had the trail and time and space to myself.

This was my test.  How far had I fared in this year on my own? I did take instant notice…for one thing at least I was prepared.  I had self-sufficient equipment with my light weight everything:  Osprey pack, Big Agnes tent, ground cloth, Jet boil stove, Petzl headlamp, down jacket, gortex rain shell, bug repellent, sun screen, good footwear and good food, and …confident courage.  And I was undaunted if I had to travel into nightfall.  And I was not in a hurry. These were very noticeable changes.  I was not harried or hurried. .5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7.5 7 8.5 8 9 10 11 12 13 14.5 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

The flowers were out.  A better garden hand planted by God that anything we could ever do.  And I had already seen a moose.  And I was thoroughly and simply enjoying each step. One step at a time.

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