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PostWed Sep 02, 2020 9:45 am 
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Or, maybe just not go out of our way to harass wildlife and accept that our mere presence will indeed have impacts and do our best not to add unnecessary impacts? And perhaps call out bad behavior when we see it? Those sound pretty good to me.

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Literally watched a park ranger yell and chase a bear from Hidden Falls 3 days before my encounter (Likely the same one as it was only 1/5 mile apart).  Got big, loud, and chased it into the brush.  Then proceeded to yell at everyone to put their food away in a not so nice tone.

Park rangers have info you don't. Sounds like that bear might have been getting aggressive about food at that spot (hey, maybe because people were hazing it away from where it SHOULD be feeding!). Just because a person sees someone do something as part of their job, that doesn't mean a member of the public gets to do that same thing.
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PostWed Sep 02, 2020 1:21 pm 
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The group behind thanked me and asked if I would be willing to hike w/ their group for a bit.  Said "Sorry, no I'm running the trail".

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I sure as heck wasn't going to stay at a pace of a family of 5 w/ 3 little kids.  Sorry, not my responsibility.

More and more it seems maybe all outdoor recreational pursuits have gone the way of surfers and climbers. OCD narcissists, many. Still, it's rare to see hikers backpackers climbers reject requests for support in such a flippant manner. I'd say trail runners are the new kings and queens of MeLand. Enjoy your very important run.
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OK, it's not like they were in any real danger, just a little spooked.  And you weren't there, so don't know if they were like "omg we're so terrified pleeeeze help" or "ok cool whatever."  I'm sure he would have helped if they were lying there bleeding or something.  Actually, this is rocknclimb we're talking about, maybe I'm not so sure  hockeygrin.gif
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On October 3, Ryan Montgomery, who grew up in Auburn, set a new speed record for an unsupported run on the Wonderland Trail: 18 hours, 49 minutes, 11 seconds. Unsupported, meaning he carried all his food for the run (about a 20 pound pack).

The other current record holders from attempts this year are Tyler Green of Portland (men’s supported), Kaytlyn Gerbin of Issaquah (women’s supported), and Alex Borsuk of Portland (women’s unsupported). Montgomery knocked off Kris Brown and Mark Hammond, who individually set the fastest mark for a men’s unsupported run Aug. 27 and Sept. 5, respectively.

FastestKnownTime.com, the official repository of such records, highlighted 10 “premier routes” nationwide expected to garner multiple attempts. The Wonderland Trail was the only Pacific Northwest entry.

“The Wonderland Trail is one of the most popular in North America and West Coast athletes see the Wonderland as a hot place to run,” Montgomery told The Seattle Times three days after completing his feat.

https://www.seattletimes.com/life/outdoors/record-smashing-season-for-wonderland-trail-ends-with-unsupported-record-by-auburn-raised-ryan-montgomery/
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