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Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:31am PT
Kurt Burt and his gal got stalked all day this summer by one, when they were doing Whitney via New Army pass. My gal and I had just been in that area a couple weeks before, well within its territory. Scary stuff, I always get nervous when I'm on a trail in the back country with tree branches that overhang the trail. You can lose your position at the "top" of the food chain pretty quick with a cat. Beautiful creatures but I wouldn't want to get stalked by one for sure.
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:05am PT
About three weeks back a cougar took a deer less then 100 yds from camp 4, up in the boulders. We heard the screams (deer scream when they die) in the middle of the night, then I found blood and dear prints and cat prints and a stomach in the morning. I couldn't figure out where the rest of the body went.
Bargainhunter

climber
Jan 14, 2013 - 03:38pm PT
Listen to the first tale:

http://dirtbagdiaries.com/tales-of-terror-volume-3

I've only seen one and that was dashing across the Mineral King road at dusk, near the western edge of the Sequoia National Park boundary. The long tail gave it away.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 14, 2013 - 03:46pm PT
28 inches? DAMN!



You musta scared the poo outta that poor kitty!
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Jan 14, 2013 - 03:47pm PT
A buddy and I nearly hit one while driving in the Santa Cruz mountains. It was a close call, but an awesome way to see the cat as it was going at full speed down hill and across two lanes of traffic (it took up a whole lane with paws outstretched and tail out for balance). I was pretty happy we didn't hit it!

I don't know if I've ever been stalked by one, however.
tiki-jer

Trad climber
fresno/clovis
Jan 14, 2013 - 04:10pm PT
I believe I was! A few years ago while waiting for some friends to show up, I decided to explore some boulders up hill from a turnout in the road. It was early season and the road ended due to snow banks etc...So up the backside of Jackass Rock (No pun intended) to recon the area. Turned out the rock was bunk. Went down the same way and stuck my head in the snowmelt cause the hike up had me huffing and it was quite warm. Where I did my head dunk the snowmelt split in two directions. One left and the other on the right as one looked back downhill . I had come up the left draw and went down the same way. Oh and I had taken my sweaty shirt off too. Anyway got back to the truck and drove the curve all of say 20-30ft. and out jumps the biggest mofo cat I have ever seen directly in front of me .....from the other draw!!!
I was stunned and just sat there till the adrenaline rush made my legs all shaky jakey!
It was at time, fully realizing that I was being watched..........I get a little freaked everytime I think about it.
Crackslayer

Trad climber
Eldo
Jan 14, 2013 - 07:39pm PT
When I saw the title to this thread, I read "cougar" out of context. I have been stalked by a cougar(old lady) and a cougar(mtn lion). Neither was much fun.

My 2 friends and I were snowshoeing out of the backcountry after a failed attempt to find unclimbed ice. It was snowing very hard and the temperatures were very cold. One night I believe it was about -32F (we were near grand lake, co). So we were all a little tired even though it was a short trip. We had about 4 or so miles to go when we reached a lake that marks the start of the summer trailhead. It was pitch dark and puking snow. At the lake we all decided to hike at a separate pace to the truck. I was in the middle about 10 minuted behind the leader and about 30 minutes behind the guy behind me. I was following the tracks in front of me but it was snowing so hard that I would lose them periodically. Then, I saw lion tracks. I knew right away, they were huge!! The lion tracks were following the snowshoe tracks that I was following. I kept moving and although exhausted, I was moving faster following both sets of tracks.

I may have walked about 100 meters before the snowshoe tracks stopped, blown away by the snow. But the lion tracks now faced the other way, still fresh. I heard a loud rustle in the woods behind me and my heart sank. It was snowing to hard to see anything but I knew it was very close. It had walked my way and I met up with it. I kept walking, slower and looking in all directions. "Do I get my tools out?? No you shouldn't take off your pack" I thought. I started singing and my heart was racing. I started walking faster, still looking around periodically to see whatever I could.

I probably reached the truck about 35 minutes later and the first thing out of my buddies mouth was "Dude, did you see the mountain lion." Holy shit!! So we decided that if the other guy didn't show up soon that we would get our tools and go out there. He showed up soon after to our relief.

I will have to post the story about the old lady cougar in another thread :)
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 14, 2013 - 09:13pm PT
I was in the middle about 10 minuted behind the leader and about 30 minutes behind the guy behind me.

Man, and I thought I was slow!!!!!! :-)
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 14, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
Rong...too bad you didn't have a gun to defend yourself with...RJ
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jan 14, 2013 - 09:45pm PT
BITD when I was smarter in my own mind than reality. Wandering around in Pine Creek canyon outside of Bishop I came across a reasonably fresh deer kill. So like the smart guy I was I spent some time checking it out. Oopsie, there was another, older carcass under the recent kill. This was in a pretty tight copse of aspens. So, it suddenly dawns on me that I'm sitting there fat, dumb and happy rummaging around in the cougar's food shed. Doh!

Never saw the cat but am pretty sure it was watching me.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 14, 2013 - 09:50pm PT
Doh! You bet it was checking you out.
d-35

climber
ut
Jan 14, 2013 - 10:00pm PT
http://www.mountainproject.com/images/44/91/107504491_large_a8d395.jpg

Crag in City Creek Canyon Salt Lake City.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jan 14, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
Doh! You bet it was checking you out.

Fortunately, given the recent kill it was well fed and did not need me for lunch!
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:05pm PT
Reilly...Weren't you at the center of the tailhook scandal...? RJ
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 15, 2013 - 11:17am PT
RJ, leave it to you to dredge up old wounds.
And we both know it was totally bogus and trumped up.
What happens in Vegas...totally false advertising.
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Jan 15, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
here's a great clip if it hasn't already been shared

cf. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gupjP5ml2GA

BuddhaStalin

climber
Truckee, CA
Jan 15, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
Got stalked in 1994 hiking down from tuolumne on snow creek to the valley floor. Just below 120 i was cross countrying a little and ended up turning round after going too far through the bush only to find kitty prints of considerable size over my own prints just several minutes old. After puckering my as#@&%e, i picked up two good size rocks, unclipped my chest strap and hip belt and high-tailed it up and outta there. Hitched down to the valley instead to go get laid in the terrace.
atchafalaya

Boulder climber
Jan 15, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
D35, cool shot!

I run in cougar country frequently, and one of my favorite trails goes right by where a runner was killed by a cougar in 1994. Always makes me uneasy seeing the marker when I run by alone.
BJ

climber
Jan 15, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
I saw Donini get stalked by a cougar once in Alaska. Right in front on her husband.
BJ

climber
Jan 15, 2013 - 03:04pm PT
But he's so old, I don't know if she would have qualified as a cougar for Jim.
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