Reading about the effectiveness of bear spray is one thing.
To test it on your own something competely different!
But to STAND the whole “Bear Mace Experience”… OMG!
- Hand me some beers!
- And painkillers!
- And ice!
- And water!
- Not to talk about the A/C to stand in front of it for a while…
Why I did that?
Because preparation is key when you’re planning to get into potential dangerous situations.
Because I’m about to prepare myself for -the very likely- encounter with Mr. Grizzly on our upcoming 9d-backpacking-trip in Denali NP, Alaska in September this year.
Because I should know how important it is to get the fuck out of the wind when a average inland grizzly with 272kg (600lbs) is in a bad mood because of you.
And of course… for science!
For the record:
- 20-30min to be able to open your eyes again.
- 40min to get the feeling of a very strong sunburn on your upper body due to all the water streaming down from the face.
- 60min to be finally more or less OK again.
Almost unimaginably to get the same experience at the end of the world in Alaska.
With a giant grizzly in front of you.
With one of us three guys holding a 12ga Shotgun ready to fire in his hands.
Better make sure to have got the grizzly a big load of the spray in his face as well…
Same again in Alaska without ice, water, beer, painkiller, shower and two guys helping you?!
– DANGERZONE! –