Whether he was wearing a GoPro or just wanted his possible death to be made into a sequel to The Revenant, this hiker managed to capture on camera a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a grizzly bear—the kind that was very almost an end-of-a-lifetime encounter. While hiking near the McKinley river in Alaska in Denali National Park, this back country explorer had the misfortune of wandering very close to this huge brown bear while being downwind. Not being able to smell him piqued the bear's curiosity, and making bears interested in you is pretty much the last thing anyone wants to do, especially when you left your bear spray at home. The hiker's full description of the encounter is below, after the video.
Here's how YouTuber ttumulo described the event on the video's page:
I consider myself very lucky to have walked away from this one unharmed.
This is a situation every back country traveller never wants to experience. I was down wind of the bear and looking down hill at Dusty who was still hiking up. The bear was apparently approaching to investigate what I was and not catching any smell due to the wind. When Dusty saw him and began waiving his hands, I turned and slowly started walking backwards facing him but not being threatening, while talking to the bear. This technique has worked in every other bear encounter I have had. When I realized it was not deterring him in the slightest I knew I was in for trouble and realized I had one tactic left to call out his bluff. When he stood up to charge in the beginning of the video I had to try and counter it. Without my gun or spray I had one option and it was to appear a threat or at least a difficult meal. (I know many people will criticize my choice for no firearm or spray and go right ahead, I made an educated decision and for once faced the true consequences of that so spare me the BS)
Please excuse the language I used.