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Colin Dowler might not be alive today if it weren’t for a small pocket knife with a two-inch blade and five forestry workers.
The Canadian man was mountain biking on a logging road in the remote backcountry of British Columbia, roughly 300km (185 miles) north of Vancouver.
He was exploring potential hiking routes on Mount Doogie Dowler – he and his brother had plans to climb the mountain named after their grandfather.
He had hoped the bear would avoid confrontation and pass him by, or retreat into trees near the logging trail on Mount Doogie Dowler, named…
He was heading back home after spending the night in the woods when he came around a bend and saw a grizzly bear.
At the time he didn’t know that he would end up in a life-or-death struggle with the animal – and that his luck would turn after the attack.
He was hoping that like most bears, it would prefer to avoid human contact and head back into the woods…
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Joshua Swanagon has studied survival in both urban and wilderness environments in Colorado and Michigan for most of his life, while also adding experience in harsher terrains abroad. He utilizes his experience and years of diverse martial arts and combatives training and real world application as a self-defense/combatives instructor, published freelance writer and Field Editor for various magazines in the fields of knives, survival, self-defense and tactical subject matters. Joshua also brings with him his years of experience as Editor of, and Subject Matter Expert for Knives Illustrated Magazine.
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