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tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 27, 2019 - 11:19am PT
I saw an antelope giving birth BINTD of film. 96 or so .. Likely no longer have the slides..
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
Feb 27, 2019 - 02:18pm PT
Last night a pair of coyotes were howling up a storm in my front yard down here in northern New Mexico. Noisy, but very cool!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 27, 2019 - 04:35pm PT
Randy Grandstaff told a funny story about a wild burro sticking its head thru his open bedroom window while he was asleep and making him nearly piss the bed by braying loudly.
Bale

Mountain climber
UT
Feb 27, 2019 - 04:57pm PT
Yesterday I had a beaver sighting! It was dragging a branch through the snow to it’s home in the creek. Made my day. I see bears, wild turkeys, mountain goats, etc. pretty regularly, but I can only remember seeing a beaver one other time in my life.
Of course it was the day I didn’t bring a camera.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 27, 2019 - 05:13pm PT
Who mentioned burro?
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 27, 2019 - 05:33pm PT
We have a lots of Beavers here in VT. Just saw a short film @ Banf about how the west is so dried up because they killed all the beavers. I see their tracks in the winter. They love to belly slide down steep hills in the snow.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 27, 2019 - 05:39pm PT
I can only remember seeing a beaver one other time in my life



That is truly depressing,..
Bale

Mountain climber
UT
Feb 27, 2019 - 05:56pm PT
Haha, I realized I have opened the door to beaver jokes.
This is supposed to be good. I think it deals with that of which Tradman speaks.
climbrunride

Sport climber
Golf Wall, CO
Feb 27, 2019 - 10:06pm PT
Deer, elk, moose, donkeys, bobcats, mama whale and her baby, mountain lion, pigs, bears, lynx, goats, horses, sharks, sheep, pronghorn, sea lions, otters, beavers...

I've had several really memorable encounters. But the one which stands out the best was seeing the creature from the black lagoon.

A friend and I were walking from Olmstead Point back into the woods to climb Creature From The Black Lagoon. As we came around a bend and saw the pond, we noticed something floating in the middle of the water. It looked about the size and shape of a small black backpack which a kid would use for school books. But it was moving.

We got a little closer and realized that it was a bear's head. It was just taking a nice afternoon swim in the pond. We took a wide path around as we watched the bear play in the water. It dove several times, did rolls and somersaults, and looked like it was really enjoying itself. Seeing the bear just playing in the water on a hot summer day was perhaps the best wildlife encounter I had ever had!

We tried to not bother the bear at all, and took a long, circuitous path to the top of the rock. Once up there, I looked over the edge, to see the bear from above. But it was gone. I guessed it must have left. So we started unpacking our packs and getting ready to climb. And then I noticed something move about 15 feet off to my side.

A nice, dark, medium sized black bear was just topping out on the ramp to climbers' left. Almost within touching distance! He got up to the top, looked over at us for a few moments, and continued on his way. We just sat and watched the bear for about 20 minutes, as it took its time wandering up the hillside above the rock. It was picking at tree branches and leaves, and eating berries. And it didn't seem to care at all that we were right there with it.

Definitely a super cool experience, getting to see the Creature From The Black Lagoon!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 28, 2019 - 06:14am PT
Timid Toprope wrote;
two young mountain loins flicking their tails

Isn't that redundant?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 28, 2019 - 08:56am PT
On Hunter Mountain, Death Valley...

GET BACK IN THE TRUCK!
Bale

Mountain climber
UT
Feb 28, 2019 - 01:36pm PT
Reilly, I was in my 20s before I laid eyes on one of those strange creatures, hardly slept that night:) I saw my second one a few years ago at City of Rocks.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 28, 2019 - 01:41pm PT
Is that an antlion larvae?
Bale

Mountain climber
UT
Feb 28, 2019 - 01:48pm PT
I think they’re called sand puppies around here. Idk wtf they are.
Bale

Mountain climber
UT
Feb 28, 2019 - 01:51pm PT
Goats all over Utah mts.
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Feb 28, 2019 - 01:58pm PT
I've seen a couple of big cats up around The Needles, nowhere near a main trail or camp though.

As a kid, stepdad and I paddled around the Boundary Waters a lot. On a river joining two lakes (a rare spot where we didn't have to portage,) we floated past a big old Moose standing along the shore. And the sound of them trumpeting at sunset echoing across the lakes is pretty cool.

But one I just can't get out of my head is the two little bear cubs playing in my patio fountain. The bears around here live up in the Angeles Nat Forest, but I guess they are semi-urbanized. Once in a while they wander down to see what trouble they can find. Mostly they stay up on the mountain though.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 28, 2019 - 02:34pm PT
Jerusalem crickets (or potato bugs), Stenopelmatus fuscus, are a group of large, flightless insects of the genus Stenopelmatus. They are native to the western United States and parts of Mexico.
Bale

Mountain climber
UT
Feb 28, 2019 - 02:45pm PT
We call those little black ones that roll into a ball potato bugs.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 28, 2019 - 02:59pm PT
So Reilly do they prove that the Lamanites brought them from Jerusalem?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 28, 2019 - 03:36pm PT
Well, you would only need a few for a decent meal, long as you can keep the seagulls off ‘em!
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