Author: Tim Rubbert
Hiking With Grizzlies: Lessons Learned
by Tim Rubbert
When it comes to encountering grizzly bears in the wild, Montanan Tim Rubbert has literally walked the walk with hundreds of bears. Unlike other books about hiking in grizzly country, this book uses photographs of Rubbert’s actual bear encounters to dramatically illustrate how to react safely. Every hiker will benefit from these first-hand, real-world lessons.
“If you are planning to hike through the wilderness, give Tim Rubbert’s Hiking With Grizzlies a careful reading-- it could very well save your life.” -Midwest Book Review “This book is like a first-aid manual for travel in bear country. It could be the best $10.95 you ever spend. After reading this book, you should gain new knowledge and confidence for your travels in bear country.” -North American Bear Magazine
After receiving his B.A. degree in mathematics at the University of Minnesota and a J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law, Tim Rubbert went to work in the insurance industry where he became disillusioned with the corporate lifestyle. Since 1985 he has devoted his life to the study, observation and photography of bears and grizzlies in particular. In the last 8 years alone,Tim has hiked more than 10,000 miles and experienced more than 800 grizzly sighting in the lower 48 states. Tim is presently conducting grizzly bear slide presentations and guided hikes at Big Mountain Resort near Whitefish, Montana, and has archived an extensive collection of grizzly bear and other wildlife and scenic photos. He also instructs classes at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana, in grizzly habitat and behavior. He lives in grizzly country in Montana
Bear book full of great advice for hikers, campers
Hiking book based on author’s encounters with bears
In bear country it’s important to know the proper protocol when meeting a grizzly bear. In his new book “Hiking with Grizzlies: Lessons Learned,” hiker and bear advocate Tim Rubbert gives the low-down on how to behave when you’re walking through bear habitat.
“Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to hiking in bear country,” says Rubbert, who has been hiking among grizzly bears in Montana and Alaska for more than 20 years. “The more you know, the better you will react when you meet a bear.”
Rubbert’s trail-tested techniques are based on extensive personal experience. In the last eight years alone, Rubbert has hiked more than 10,000 miles and experienced more than 800 sightings of grizzly bears. Nearly every close encounter ended with the bear running away, which Rubbert says is the most common outcome if the hiker knows what to do.
Rubbert describes how grizzlies typically react to a hiker in various situations. What makes some bears charge while others run away? What’s the best way to avoid confrontations altogether? When is it time to pull out the bear spray? Important lessons cover making noise, remaining calm, staying together, retreating, and encountering surprised bears, habituated bears, bears with cubs, and bears on carcasses.
In a very educational feature not found in other bear books, Rubbert uses photographs of bears during actual encounters to show how the bears reacted. He also analyzes each encounter to determine what happened and why.
Rubbert is a strong advocate of carrying bear spray, and readers will gain life-saving knowledge about how to use bear spray in real-world situations. Rubbert describes two backcountry incidents when he was forced to spray bears, once when Rubbert was charged by a female grizzly with a cub and another time when he drove off a grizzly that was mauling a hiking partner. Both incidents took place in Montana’s Glacier National Park.
What’s the most important advice for hikers who encounter grizzlies? “Remain calm and still,” says Rubbert. “Of course, every encounter is an adrenaline rush, but knowing what to do and being prepared for an encounter makes it easier to remain calm.”
Rubbert’s clearly explained hiking strategies and his numerous first-hand descriptions of bear encounters will help anyone travel in bear country with far greater safety and confidence.
“Hiking with Grizzlies: Lessons Learned” sells for $10.95 and is available at bookstores or by calling Riverbend Publishing toll-free 1-866-787-2363.