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Tue., Oct. 4, 2011, 6:22 a.m.

Climber’s skills help him avoid aggressive grizzly

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- “A bear coming at you is way more scary than an avalanche, thunderstorms, crevasses,” said Barry Blanchard, a top Canadian alpinist noted for pushing the standards of highly technical, high-risk alpine climbing in the Canadian Rockies and the Himalayas.

But last week near Lake Louise, Alberta, Blanchard had to climb very high in a tree to avoid a grizzly that never heard the rule that black bears climb trees but grizzlies don't.

Read the story in the Calgary Herald.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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