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The boarder appears to be "riding" on a flat plane that has been tilted to look like a hillside. I call BS. There is another video out there of skiers encountering a snow leopard on a ski trail. Don't know where, but looks more believable that this.


The snow leopard video is from India (http://adventureblog.nationalgeographic.com/?p=20718). I travel to India somewhat regularly, I just found out about this place: http://skigulmarg.com/index.html. My goal is to give it a go in 2017.

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The snow leopard video is from India (http://adventureblog.nationalgeographic.com/?p=20718). I travel to India somewhat regularly, I just found out about this place: http://skigulmarg.com/index.html. My goal is to give it a go in 2017.

 

Definitely check out @Mattadvproject 's posts then... he guides in Gulmarg every year with detailed and wonderful threads on here. Here is last year's and this year's :

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/130622/gulmarg-2014-15-trip-report

http://www.epicski.com/t/144189/gulmarg-2015-16-trip-report

post #303 of 327
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The snow leopard video is from India (http://adventureblog.nationalgeographic.com/?p=20718). I travel to India somewhat regularly, I just found out about this place: http://skigulmarg.com/index.html. My goal is to give it a go in 2017.


  The "snow leopard" video was real, it was filmed up on Monkey Hill, not too far from the gondola, but it's unknown if it actually was a snow leopard or a regular leopard. The media jumped on the story and sensationalized the heck out of it without really checking their facts...... There are snow leopards in Kashmir but they are extremely rare. The chances of one being that close to a busy town is remote as they are very shy animals. There definitely are regular leopards in Gulmarg and they are far more common, so it was more likely a regular leopard (still amazingly cool that they filmed that one up close - thankfully no one was hurt and the leopard was able to get away scared but unharmed). They are found throughout India. You see their prints from time to time and they are known to prey on the local stray dogs, so it was more likely a regular leopard in my opinion (snow leopards have really big, fluffy tails, one of their most obvious characteristics and the leopard in the video seems to have a regular, much more slender tail). Just because it's a leopard in the snow, doesn't automatically make it a Snow Leopard, as some people in the media would believe!

 

  I've see a few critters out on the mountains in Gulmarg. I've seen foxes and snow hares, once I saw a Musk Deer (they are endangered) and obviously we have snow monkeys all throughout the town, the but the coolest animal I saw (and I'm glad I saw it from a distance), was a Eurasian Black Bear. That was out towards Drung back in 2013. Thankfully we were down low in a gully and he was way up high, crossing a chute. He didn't seem to see us and was busy rolling around in the snow, but my colleague Karl Welter managed to snap a couple of pictures of him. Eurasian Black Bears are big and pretty fierce, they have a reputation as being aggressive and you definitely want to steer clear of them. They have this characteristic white strip on their chests and they are big and solid.

 

 

I bet he works out.......

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Awesome! I read your trip posts last night, very fun. I may reach out to you next winter for advice on going. Like I said, I go to Delhi (well, Gurgaon) fairly regularly. I could tack on a trip. I've yet to make it to the mountains and I'm dying to go.

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Brighton closed Sunday but is open for human powered climbing.  Wife and I did a couple skin climbs to get some slush turns yesterday and saw our first wolverine.  Spotted it running on the snow, duck into its den, and then pop back out and hang around the entrance.  It was right between the ski runs.  We got within about 30 yards but didn't want to test its tolerance.  Those things are suppose to be extremely feisty.  We were just on the shoulder of Wolverine Cirque, so I guess it was fitting.

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Looks like National Geographic has compelling evidence that indicates the bear chasing the snowboarder is a fake. 

 

http://adventureblog.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/12/bears-really-do-chase-skiers-but-this-video-is-fake/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ng%2FAdventureBlogs%2FAdventure_Blog+%28Adventure+Blog%29

 

However if you read the entire story there is a bear chasing skier story that's quite terrifying. 

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Looks like National Geographic has compelling evidence that indicates the bear chasing the snowboarder is a fake. 

 

http://adventureblog.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/12/bears-really-do-chase-skiers-but-this-video-is-fake/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ng%2FAdventureBlogs%2FAdventure_Blog+%28Adventure+Blog%29

 

However if you read the entire story there is a bear chasing skier story that's quite terrifying. 


Don't mess with a protective mother bear!

 

"Matt Mosteller should know. The avid outdoorsman from Calgary, Alberta, was backcountry skiing with a friend in Montana’s Glacier National Park in early May a few years ago when he came face-to-face with an angry grizzly bear.

He was on a mountain, deep in the backcountry, admiring the alpine scenery and watching his friend ski down a chute when he saw something coming up a ridge toward him on his left. It was a bear. His adrenal system spiked. Then he saw a second bear on his right, much larger and much closer. Instantly he started skiing at the nearly full-grown cub to reach the entrance to the chute and the only way down the mountain. The sow immediately lunged after him, raking its claws across his backpack and skis.

An expert skier with his life on the line, Mosteller pointed his skis straight down the steep, rock-walled chute and tucked. It didn’t work. The barreling bear—which Mosteller describes as “freight-train sized”—was on his heels. So he started making turns, hoping to somehow trip the bear up. To his great fortune, instead of charging straight at him the bear followed his tracks as he zig-zagged down the mountain. This also meant he and the furious bear passed each other after each turn. Describing the bear’s roaring mouth as “spewing foam,” Mosteller says he was so close that he could see plaque on the bear’s teeth."

 

See link above for the rest of the story.

post #308 of 327
There is a book published in the NW USA called, Don't Get Eaten. Strange enough, Grizziles while described as dangerous, it's the Cougars that pose more of a risk.

I've also heard that some are found in Bars and are considered even more dangerous cool.gif
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We heard a dog getting pretty excited behind us.  Next thing I know this little one goes running past us!  This is just off of South Main St. in Breck this past Sat.  Not sure if it's the same fox but it's not uncommon to see one around Main St.

 


Edited by Mike78 - 5/9/16 at 8:45am
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^^^ I recall seeing a fox in that neighborhood. ^^^

 

CoCo the Cuckoo Bird. She shows up every day to see if I have any dead mice to feed her.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roadrunner

 

 

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We heard a dog getting pretty excited behind us.  Next thing I know this little one goes running past us!  This is just off of South Main St. in Breck this past Sat.  Not sure if it's the same fox but it's not uncommon to see one around Main St.

 

 

There's one that hangs around Peak 9 - I've seen it crossing the bridge, even - but it's much darker.

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There's one that hangs around Peak 9 - I've seen it crossing the bridge, even - but it's much darker.

 

This was on the Ridge St. alley just north of Lincoln.   It was pretty funny.

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It is hard to walk around Breckenridge and NOT see a fox.

 

For that matter, Moose #2 and her calf have taken residence in my neighborhood.

 

 

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#2????
On a collar?

What, are people feeding them?

post #316 of 327
Moose in a collar reminds me of a Gary Larson Cartoon, with the spouse saying "where have you been?"

Fixed typo
Edited by oldschoolskier - 5/10/16 at 8:56am
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@LiquidFeet, hopefully they aren't feeding them at all. #2 was the cow that tried to stomp Misty last fall. Misty and I and the moose came together on a blind corner and were face to face, less than 10 feet apart. She fortunately was more stomp than clomp as Misty escaped unscathed. The 'hood is next to a large public forest so their proximity to the neighborhood is hopefully just by chance, not by opportunity.

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Those are pretty healthy looking moose. Around New Hampshire moose aren't looking so good. Erratic weather patterns of late have contributed to early Winter Tick Kill. Its estimated the fatality rate this past winter was 75%. Basically the moose begin rubbing their fur off as the temperatures warm and in response to tick infestation. That tick infestation may be especially severe without the cold temperatures that normally kill most of them. In the last few years though that warming has at times occurred as early as February followed by return to cold temps. The moose rub their fur off and then face cold winter temperatures without their fur coats and succumb to the cold. The moose you see will have large patches of missing fur. Sometimes they are bloody from the rubbing and covered with masses of ticks...

post #319 of 327

When I moved out to Summit County in 2000, it was quite an event to see a moose. Now, they are all over the place. #2 and her calf around my home, although she may have lost one over the winter as I remember seeing her with two during the 'great stomping'. A friend over in Summit Cove has tons of video and pictures of a cow and a couple calves. The newspaper has pictures of them quite frequently as well. Has anyone in the Midwest noted a westward migration? ;-)

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Ha! I do remember seeing a large male moose working his way Eastward to DC. He was travelling with a flying squirrel. ;}

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Saw some down along the Missouri Breaks in South Central North Dakota a couple of years ago. The locals were all excited about it; they were saying there had not been any in the region for a number of years.

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Friend of mine came up on this on the local bike path Saturday.  The warm black asphalt must have felt good on the cold copperhead's belly.

 

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This young moose was at the end of my alley the other day. Neighbors report seeing moose in their yards eating their shrubs.
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This Doe and her newborn were outside my guest room window when the baby started to nurse.  Mom quickly got annoyed and they both went into the trees, so this was the best pic I could get a sec before the moseyed off.

 

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A warm summer day and saying goodbye to that winter coat.

 

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It got REALLY hot on the I-5 corridor in Southern Oregon the past few days like 109*, so we ran away to the coast (68* was just fine). Yesterday at a spot called Simpson's Reef , a personal favorite spot to see something different, I saw this (and a whale at about 100 yards but not a good picture).  

 

A tough picture to get with a phone.

 

The beach is very light colored sand, the brown you see on that sand are perhaps 1,000 harbor seals, California Sea Lions, and my favorite Northern Elephant Seals. It is an absolute food fest, these guys are eating salmon, except the Elephant seals. Lots of sharks out there outside the kelp beds eating the seals; while the whale was chowing down on the kril on the edge of the kelp bed. Some of the Sea Loins would get board and go surf the waves just because the could. I could spend hours watching this show (I am very easily entertained),

 

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Heard it was in the high 90s in Astoria the other day.
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