Ascent of Nahor Hill on 2010-06-28

Climber: Max R

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, June 28, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Nahor Hill
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1170 ft / 356 m

Ascent Trip Report

Geocaching led me here.

Half way up I encountered four bears - my first while hiking. Here is my account from the cache log:

So, about halfway between this cache and Greystone Pond I was walking along, and I saw a small black four-legged animal, about the size of a smaller golden retriever, running on my right. I paused, wondering what it was. A dog? No, a large cat? And then I realized it was a black bear cub! I then heard a scratching sound diagonally foreward to the right, and I looked to see another cub climbing a tree. I the realized there was a third cub diagonally back, also on my right. I went to take a quick picture, but my camera was out of batteries! I was sooo mad. I did get one shot in which you can't see anything, but I'll post it anyway. I walked back a little, then took a step foreward, not sure what to do. Because the first cub was coming diagonally toward the trail in front of me, I decided to go foreward, thinking the mother would be behind the cubs. After walking 20 feet foreward I heard a noise on my right, and looked to see the mother, not more than 20 feet away, running away (leading me, a predator, away from the cubs). I then continued foreward, heart pounding, at an almost jog paced walk. I continued to the top of the hill, taking a left at the fork. After realizing I should have taken the right fork, I turned around and after walking ~20 feet I heard noise on my right. Startled, I froze and looked over, only to see two white tailed deer running away down the slope. Truely scared now, I proceeded to find the cache, thankfully one of my quickest finds ever, and after proceeding back down the trail, just before the fore, I saw more movement! Once again it was only a white tailed deer. convinced that I was not welcome there, I walked briskly all the way to the car, talking loudly to scare away any animals that could have been there. Needless to say, I'm adding bear spray to my list of things to always bring with me into the woods.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:980 ft / 299 m
    Trailhead:190 ft / 57 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear

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