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Yeeesh. No thanks!Ohh, bear story time?
This is the closest I've ever been to a bear.
I was backpacking the "Wonderland" trail around the base of Mt Rainier (~93 miles, 22k ft elevation gain, but we were only doing about 1/3 of it at the time), when my group ran into a group of women who were hiking, and were freaked out that a bear was on trail shortly up the trail. So now our group (6-7 people now, as I was hiking with 2 buddies). They said it had been 15-20 min since they saw it though, so we all decided to hike back up and see if it was even still there.
It was. It was sitting directly on the trail as we came around a corner. I'd guess it was 50-60ft away tops. It didn't move when we yelled out "hey bear!", but when the group grouped up and started walking towards it, it ran up the tree that is just barely out of frame on the right.
Luckily I was hiking with my DSLR in hand, and got this shot. A touch of motion blur because of the low-ish shutter speed and apparently shakier hands than normal. But its not bad enough to totally ruin the photo luckily.
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We had to hike directly past/under that tree though, so we ended up getting much closer in linear distance after it had climbed up (the bear was maybe 10-15ft up the tree, but the trail was only 10-15ft from the base of the tree). But we stayed as a group, all facing it as we went past it.
I've not had tons of experience around bears, but I wouldn't say I have no idea about what to do around them either. I know we probably could have handled the situation better, I'm aware of that. However, the bear definitely looked/acted more worried about us, and was clearly skittish. So I felt comfortable making a move towards it, which paid off. But if the bear had shown ANY signs of aggression/agitation, we wouldn't have moved ahead at all.