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This May Be The Most Peaceful Grizzly Bear Encounter Ever

Serious props to this guy for keeping his cool when he encountered a pair of grizzly bear cubs and mama bear on a trail in Katmai National Park, AK. This is the kind of thing that usually ends really badly, but in this case, backing away slowly may have been the best course of action. Lucky for us, our hero narrates the whole encounter. The curious cubs really wanted to find out what the mysterious creature ahead of them was, and mama bear had no choice but to follow. 

This is not a surprise encounter. Surprise encounters are responsible for the vast majority of mauling incidents. The sow knew exactly what she was doing the whole time. The cubs were definitely curious but the mother wanted to get somewhere and that’s about it. She did not display a single sign of aggression. The sow, apparently of a decent age, had likely been around quite a few humans throughout her life and knows them as mostly harmless critters. I bet the hiker could have stopped, let the cubs sniff him without himself looking threatening, and they would have eventually just carried on. Another great option would have been to take a few steps off the trail and let them go by. I understand that this can be quite unnerving for someone that hasn’t been around bears very much though. Cool footage.

No, you don’t stop and let the cubs sniff you.  But the hiker should have gone off trail and let them pass - they were not following him, they were going somewhere and he is in their way.  That is their habitat, not ours.

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Zac Efron Hilariously Applies for a Job Testing Outdoor Gear
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Zac Efron Hilariously Applies for a Job Testing Outdoor Gear

Zac Efron Hilariously Applies for a Job Testing Outdoor Gear

What happens when your latest movie bombs... you star in a Columbia commercial with your brother. All jokes aside this is actually a pretty funny spot, with both Efron brothers interviewing with Chairwoman Gert Boyle for testing jobs at Columbia Sports. Zac's brother Dylan is a pretty successful athlete himself, qualifying for the Boston Marathon and competing in Iron Mans.  This isn't the first time Zac has taken to the outdoors. He starred alongside Bear Grylls on an episode of Running

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Hikers Come Face-to-Face With Mountain Lion
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Hikers Come Face-to-Face With Mountain Lion

Hikers Come Face-to-Face With Mountain Lion

Two hikers, Brian McKinney and Sam Vonderheide, experienced a slight roadblock on one of the first days of their twelve-day hike to the top of California’s Mt. Whitney. They were within the last few miles of their campsite when Vonderheide saw a tail from around a corner on the trail. Assuming it was a bobcat or lynx, McKinney turned on his camera to capture the animal they were about to walk by. When they rounded the corner, they ended up staring right into the face of a fully grown mountain

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Guys Use Inflatable Duck to Slide Down Natural Waterslide
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Guys Use Inflatable Duck to Slide Down Natural Waterslide

Guys Use Inflatable Duck to Slide Down Natural Waterslide

Deep in the Sierra Nevada, there lies a 150 ft water slide that falls over smooth rocks into a giant natural pool. The waterfall only fully forms for about three weeks a year in August, and it looks like Mother Nature’s more epic version of a slip n’ slide. So naturally, people have taken to riding it in any possible form - with tubes, body surfing it, with beer in hand, and on giant inflatable pool toys in all shapes and sizes, including bright yellow ducks. If you happen to be around during