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Elk Encounter
2/18/06, 6:08am (Last Edited: 2/19/06, 10:58am)
Several years ago while camping at Rocky Mountain National Park I was awakened when the tent started to shake severely. The shaking was rather violent then it stopped...then started again. I glanced over at Bunny who was still sound asleep. I whispered to her "Sweetie, we got trouble." I almost asked her if she wanted to go check out what was attacking our tent but I knew this was no time for humor. In my mind it was either a bear or someone messing with us...and I didn't know anyone in Colorado at the time.

I briefly told her that if it was a bear and I had to go out with it for her to wait until I had it distracted to make for the truck unlock the doors lay on the horn and get the truck to me...to make as much noise as possible to get someone to help us and to run over whatever she had to with the truck to get to me.

I was weaponless but I was intent on saving her even if it meant my own life. I had ideas about using the tent and picknic table as cover to hopefully minimize a mauling if it came down to it. I thought maybe I could flip the rain fly over the bear to confuse him long enough to get to safety after Bunny escaped...if not I could dodge under and around the picknic table...if I could not scare it away otherwise.

I took a breath and thought for a moment, "This could be it right here...I might be about to die." I knew I bear proofed religously and if it was coming into the tent it was after us because there was nothing else to attract a bear. I unzipped the tent enough to peak out and was stunned as I was face to nose with a 5x5 bull elk....a distance of about six inches. The elk had grabbed the tent by the pole area and was trying to snatch it or at least the snatch the rainfly away.

When I got over the fact that a 700lb animal was six inches from my nose I breathed a sigh of relief. "GOOD MORNING!!!" I said loudly as I unzipped and emerged driving him off a little ways. I think he was little unnerved and surprised when I stood up from within his new found play toy. Bunny got out of the tent and I grabbed the camera. We moved away and the elk came back and grabbed the tent long enough for me to photograph it. I moved in and shooed him away. We were at Timber Creek Campground. There were about twenty elk moving through the area. Our mischievious elk snagged someone's parka off of a makeshift clothesline and drug it a little ways away before he became bored with it.

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2/18/06, 7:07am
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>Several years ago while camping at Rocky Mountain National
>Park I was awakened when the tent started to shake severely.
>The shaking was rather violent then it stopped...then started
>again. I glanced over at Bunny who was still sound asleep. I
>whispered to her "Sweetie, we got trouble." I almost asked
>her if she wanted to go check out what was attacking our tent.
> In my mind it was either a bear or someone messing with
>us...and I didn't know anyone in Colorado at the time.
>
>I breifly told her that if it was a bear and I had to go out
>with it for her to wait until I had it distracted to make for
>the truck unlock the doors lay on the horn and get the truck
>to me...to make as much noise as possible to get someone to
>help us and to run over whateve she had to to get to me.
>
>I was intent on saving her even if it meant my own life. I
>had ideas about using the tent and picknic table as cover to
>hopefully minimize a mauling if it came down to it.
>
>
>I took a breath and thought for a moment, "This could be it
>right here...I might be about to die." I knew I bear proofed
>religously and if it was coming into the tent it was after us
>because there was nothing else to attract a bear. I unzipped
>the tent and was stunned as I was face to nose with a 5x5 bull
>elk. The elk had grabbed the tent by the pole area and was
>trying to snatch it away.
>
>When I got over the fact that a 700lb animal was six inches
>from my nose I breathed a sigh of relief. "GOOD MORNING!!!" I
>said loudly as I unzipped and emerged driving him off a little
>ways. Bunny got out of the tent and I grabbed the camera. We
>moved away and the elk came back and grabbed the tent long
>enough for me to photograph it. I moved in and shooed him
>away. We were at Timber Creek Campground. There were about
>twenty elk moving through the area. Our mischievious elk
>snagged someone's parka off of a makeshift clothesline and
>drug it a little ways away before he became bored with it.

I wonder what attracted the moose in the first place. Were you just in it's way, or did you invite it over with the prospect of some open food?

Or a beer?

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2/18/06, 8:40am
I wonder what attracted the moose in the first place. Were you just in it's way, or did you invite it over with the prospect of some open food?


Or a beer

No food..or beer... I don't really think it was a habituated animal. These elk were not very afraid of humans though. This happened at about 6 a.m. I think it was the fabric on the tent that attracted it. The fabric was moist with dew and I think he was investigating it as a strange texture and taste. I think he was just being curious. For him was something of a play toy.

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2/18/06, 4:25pm
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Neat story Robert........

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2/19/06, 6:48am
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>I wonder what attracted the moose in the first place. Were
>you just in it's way, or did you invite it over with the
>prospect of some open food?
>
>
>Or a beer

>
>No food..or beer... I don't really think it was a habituated
>animal. These elk were not very afraid of humans though.
>This happened at about 6 a.m. I think it was the fabric on
>the tent that attracted it. The fabric was moist with dew and
>I think he was investigating it as a strange texture and
>taste. I think he was just being curious. For him was
>something of a play toy.
>

Speaking of tents and such, I happened to be at REI yesterday. (If you don't have them there, they are a backpacking/biking/outdoorsy kinda place.) I was checking out the selection of tents and "bevees" and such. Very odd..you choose your tent from a huge chart and then you go to the proper "bin" and pick it up! They had some nice ones too! If I ever go back into the backpackin areas, I will have to stop back there!

For now though..I still have an unopened car-camping Colemen tent to try out.

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2/19/06, 8:05am
I love REI. I think the first one I ever went to was out there. They are pricey but to me their service is worth the price. Their customer service and exchange policy is legendary.

I am going to have to think about replacing my old tent one day. It is showing lots of signs of wear. I have so many fond memories of it that I don't think I could ever retire it until it is completely gone.

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2/19/06, 7:57pm
>Their customer service and exchange policy is
>legendary.

When I first got into hiking I bought a pair of REI trekking poles. Three years later, while on my first hike up Mount Whitney, I broke the tip off one of them. When I got back home from that hike I headed over to REI to pick up another. One of the salesguys started chatting with me while I was looking at the poles, and I just happened to mention why I was looking for a new one. He would not let me buy another one! He asked if I still had the broken one and when I told him it was out in the car he told me to go get it and he'd exchange it. "But it's three years old!", I said... "It's worn OUT!" He still insisted on giving me a new one free.

Yep, pretty cool exchange policy. I don't find them more expensive, though... In fact, they're usually cheaper than Sports Chalet in my experience.

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2/20/06, 6:27am
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>>Their customer service and exchange policy is
>>legendary.
>
>When I first got into hiking I bought a pair of REI trekking
>poles. Three years later, while on my first hike up Mount
>Whitney, I broke the tip off one of them. When I got back home
>from that hike I headed over to REI to pick up another. One of
>the salesguys started chatting with me while I was looking at
>the poles, and I just happened to mention why I was looking
>for a new one. He would not let me buy another one! He
>asked if I still had the broken one and when I told him it was
>out in the car he told me to go get it and he'd exchange it.
>"But it's three years old!", I said... "It's worn OUT!"
>He still insisted on giving me a new one free.
>
>Yep, pretty cool exchange policy. I don't find them more
>expensive, though... In fact, they're usually cheaper than
>Sports Chalet in my experience.
>

Also, REI has the BEST bike gloves! I don't know why..I have tried many different brands over the years..but the REI gloves just last longer! Like..YEARS longer than the nearest competitor!


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2/20/06, 5:07pm
>Also, REI has the BEST bike gloves!

When I started hiking, the trekking poles were giving me blisters between my thumb and forefinger, so I picked up some bike gloves at REI. They're looking pretty used and abused by now, but I still have 'em and they're definitely not about to fall apart. I like 'em.

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2/20/06, 9:08pm
I have heard many great stories about REI's exchange policy. I am hoping to hit the Denver REI on Saturday.

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2/21/06, 6:05am
You'll be in my neck of the woods, then.

The REI flagship in Denver is in a wonderful old building that used to be a train museum.

Enjoy!

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>I have heard many great stories about REI's exchange policy.
>I am hoping to hit the Denver REI on Saturday.

Denver? are you out here, near us Robert?

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2/21/06, 6:24pm
>I have heard many great stories about REI's exchange policy.
>I am hoping to hit the Denver REI on Saturday.

Whatchoo doin' in Denver?

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2/21/06, 6:29pm
>Denver? are you out here, near us Robert?

Denver is near us?

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2/21/06, 9:19pm
I am heading out to Winter Park to do some snow skiing and I am going to try to sneak a day to get into Rocky Mountain National Park while I am there. I'll be out for five days. I do want to try to get into the Denver REI for a visit. Anyone know how far it is from the Denver Airport?

I love Colorado.

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2/21/06, 9:49pm
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>>Denver? are you out here, near us Robert?
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>Denver is near us?
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Its closer than Moscow

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2/22/06, 5:35am
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>>Denver? are you out here, near us Robert?
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>Denver is near us?
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Well, it's closer than Florida!

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Getting around in Denver
2/22/06, 6:25am
DIA is way out there -- about 25 miles. But there are direct ways to get downtown (REI is on the north edge of downtown).

The bus system, RTD, has regular service from DIA to Market Street Station on the north end of downtown. Last time I went, it was $8.

It would be about a mile's walk to REI. Or you could take the 15 bus near there.

To plan both legs of the trip, go to www.rtd-denver.com.

A taxi, I'm told is about $40 from the airport to downtown.

Have a wonderful time in Denver! Let me know if there's anything I might help you with, Robert.

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2/22/06, 6:38pm
Thanks Lori,

I'll be in a rental car. I mapquested REI and it looks as though it is only a mile or two off route. I want to swing in there for a couple of minutes enroute to Winter Park.

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2/22/06, 9:10pm
>>>Denver? are you out here, near us Robert?
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>>Denver is near us?
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>Its closer than Moscow

LOL!!!

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