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Tip Of The Day: Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

 

I saw this picture for the first time on a friend's Facebook page. New to me, but after a little web surfing I found some interesting articles on it. Turns out it was shot in 2010 (no pun intended). Some say it's a hoax, some say it's legit. I'm not judging either way. If it's a hoax, great job in photoshop. If it's not, I hope that guy really appreciates his life. It brought me back to the summer of 2009. I was bouldering by myself in Ute Valley Park. It's a pretty popular spot on the westside of Colorado Springs, in the middle of a residential area. It was a beautiful warm evening, but the Sun was setting and I was starting have problems seeing holds in the flat light. I decided to relax for a few minutes and just enjoy my surroundings before heading out. After a couple of minutes I heard some rustling in the brush to my north. Two deer soon emerged, and headed south. I put my crash pad on and followed them towards the path. I had lost sight of them, but decided I wanted to get another peek before leaving. I slowly strolled up the hill in the direction I had last seen them heading in. As I approached the top of the ridge I noticed I wasn't alone in my pursuit. Sitting at the top of the trail upon a boulder about twenty yards away from me was a mountain lion. I froze in my tracks and kind of peed myself a bit. Then the funniest thing happened, the cougar turned its head to the side and back like my dog does when he's confused, or you're talking to him in a funny voice. The only thing I can come up with still to this day is that my shape must have confused it a bit. I had my crash pad on; my outline must have resembled something like the build of SpongeBob. Without taking my eyes off the cat, I slowly walked backwards. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. When in the wilderness it's a good idea to take time to remember where you are, especially when you're alone. You can't spell wilderness without wild. Just because you don't see certain things doesn't mean they don't see you. Best you can do is just try to be aware of your surroundings. Having knowledge of the local fauna doesn't hurt either. Pay attention to warnings from the Division of Wildlife, and also know what time of day different animals are most active. Menikmati,

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