A deep howling cacophony echoed from the snowy mountain. The sound wriggled between dense conifers, crept around wind-fallen trees and danced along the bare rocks to my ears. The intensity of the noise left no doubt: the cougar was treed. Eagerly, and with some difficulty, I moved closer along the steep mountain side.
In Pursuit of Walter's Ram
August 10, 2010, at 4:30 in the afternoon found me and Dan Stevens, my guide from Mackenzie Mountain Outfitters, under a bright sunlit sky, deep in the Mackenzie Mountains of the Northwest Territories, clinging like a couple of marmots near the crest of a steep, grassy slope, at about a 65 degree incline.
Guilty on Both Charges
This would have been the headline if Mother Nature had held court for me in October 2010. I was guilty of over-estimating my physical condition and under-estimating the vertical slopes in southeastern British Columbia.
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