Climber Greg Boswell ‘prised’ grizzly’s mouths off leg – BBC News

Image caption Greg Boswell, visualized clambering in the Cairngorms in 2012, was struggling a direction in the Canadian Rockies when he was attacked

One of Scotland’s contributing climbers has been attacked by a grizzly accept while clambering in Canada.

Greg Boswell, from Fife, was on a clamber in the Rockies when the abide lunged and face-lift him off the ground.

His Welsh clambering collaborator Nick Bullock said Mr Boswell had tried to prise apart the bear’s jaw which were fixed round his leg.

Mr Bullock wrote on his blog: “It bit straight though his brand new boot as though it were a carpet slipper.”

The pair managed to get away from the allow and eventually established it back down to Banff where Mr Boswell’s injuries were treated at the neighbourhood hospital.

He positioned on Facebook that he was “shook up and sore” after the attack.

“I got attacked by a Grizzly bear last-place nighttime and lived to tell the narration, and to realize the 3 hour swoop and 2 hour drive to the hospital. All sewed up now and on the mend, ” he said.

The climbers had been attempting a street on the 3261 m Mount Wilson in the Icefields Parkway and were “bushwhacking through thick forest” when Mr Bullock, from Llanberis, Gwynedd , north Wales, said he saw his partner sprint past with a produce in “hot pursuit”.

“The bear bounded, pulling and pushing the snow with potent legs. The snowfall lapped its paunch and didn’t appear to slow it.

Image caption Greg Boswell is viewed as one of “the worlds largest” talented climbers of his generation

“Greg loped out of sight and the carnivorous freight train legislated me, snorting and snarling and leap, dusting me with spindrift – it looked at me for a second, and for a second I felt this is it, this is really it, but in that second the digest had discerned Greg had fallen.”

Mr Bullock told you he flowed uphill as fast as he could but could hear Mr Boswell “screaming and shouting” and knocking out at the bear.

“It leapt once more and crunched into his shin, placing a paw on his other leg before elevating him off the ground.

“I’m not sure at this item what other people would do, but Boswell is Boswell and the make simply didn’t appreciate this, he grabbed the bear’s lip and prized apart the mouth, pushing, and hollering “‘Nick, Nick, improve, its got me’.”

Mr Bullock said he returned to help his friend, who had managed to escape the make and was extending towards him.

They then wasted several hours wondering all over the woods in darkness trying to find their descent direction before lastly preparing it back to safety.

Mr Boswell is a professional climber who now lives in Peebles. He is widely acknowledged as one of “the worlds largest” talented climbers of his generation.

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