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Hiking With Grizzlies: Lessons Learned [Paperback]

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Every hiker and camper who reads this book will be better prepared to hike in grizzly country and to actually encounter a grizzly bear. That's because bear advocate Tim Rubbert shares the trail-tested techniques he has learned from hiking with grizzlies from Yellowstone to Alaska. Rubbert tells how to avoid bear encounters and how to react if you do encounter a bear. Important lessons cover making noise, remaining calm, staying together, retreating, and encountering surprised bears, habituated bears, bears with cubs, and bears on carcasses. The lessons are vividly illustrated with photographs of Rubbert's bear encounters, and each encounter is critically analyzed to determine what happened and why. Readers will gain life-saving knowledge about how to use bear spray, including what happens when spray is used in real-world situations as Rubbert describes two backcountry encounters when he was forced to spray bears. These clearly explained hiking strategies, based on extensive personal experience, will help anyone travel in bear country with far greater safety and confidence.

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 5, 2006
Publisher   Riverbend Publishing
ISBN  1931832692  
ISBN13  9781931832694  

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Rubbert should be arrested  Sep 15, 2007
Rubbert repeatedly documents himself harassing grizzlies in a wildly unethical manner. He approaches within 100 yards or less of bears. When the bears break off from feeding and stare at Rubbert, he doesn't move away. He keeps taking picture until he drives the bruins away. This book makes it clear that Rubbert and his infamous sidekick Jim Cole (mauled by a Glacier Park grizzly in 1993, cited by Yellowstone rangers for harassing bears in 2004, severely mauled by a Yellowstone grizzly in 2007) routinely break park rules and wildlife viewing guidelines in order to get photos of grizzlies.

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.
bear book not to miss  Nov 10, 2006
Excellent book. Being a "bear enthusiast" I have read many books on the subject including Dr. Herrero's "Bear Attacks; Their Causes and Avoidance"; which is a tremendously informative work. This book most certainly rivals the foregoing.

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!!
EXCELLENT- Great words for the wise  Nov 7, 2006
Every hiker, camper or naturalist who ventures into bear country should have read this book beforehand. Worth every penny.
Common sense for the bears' safety... and yours   Oct 5, 2006
Just finished this great read. To the point and informative Tim Rubbert takes the reader both into his mind and the minds of the bears he has lived among for 25 years. It is refreshing to finally come upon a book that focuses on the education that hikers and tourist so badly need. This book also could have been called, "Protecting Grizzlies from People." After visiting two major prime Grizzy habitats I have found that it is, indeed, the Grizzly, that needs protection from the people who innocently cannot understand the ramifications of their actions towards these intelligent bears. Tim understands and has put in much time to help his readers understand. Tim Rubbert shows the tolerance of these bears, also the naivety and the lessons that every hiker with sense should learn when out in bear country. Thank you Tim for providing me with a book that I find imperative to read over and over again. Thank you for protecting these great bears and for finally seeing with their eyes. Looking forward to your next book and to bringing this one along on my many future journeys into the lands of the Grizzly.
And to saying, "HELLO," around every corner

Bill Keating~ Ya might want to grab yourself a copy! ;)
It could very well save your life  Aug 7, 2006
Every year stories about bears attacking hikers and campers hits the news headlines. Hiking With Grizzlies: Lessons Learned gives outdoors enthusiasts critically important information on how to react when meeting a bear. Author and wildlife expert Tim Rubbert's trail-tested techniques draw upon his own extensive personal experience when in the last eight years alone, hiking more than 10,000 miles, he has experienced more than 800 sightings of grizzly bears. Rubbert covers what makes some bears charge while others retreat, the best way to avoid confrontations altogether, the use of bear spray, cover making noise, remaining calm, staying together, retreating, encountering surprised bears, habituated bears, bears with cubs, and bears on carcasses. If you are planning to hike through the wilderness, give Tim Rubbert's Hiking With Grizzlies a careful reading -- it could very well save your life. Also very highly recommended reading from Riverbend Publishing is Bob Murphy's Bears I Have Known: A Park Ranger's True Tales From Yellowstone And Glacier National Parks (193183-2641, $10.95)

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