Scots climber ‘attacked by grizzly bear’ in Canada

Greg Boswell pictured climbing during the winter of 2012/13. Picture: Faecbook/Greg Boswell
Greg Boswell pictured climbing during the winter of 2012/13. Picture: Faecbook/Greg Boswell
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A SCOTTISH climber has had a lucky escape after being attacked by a bear in the Canadian Rockies.

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File photo of the Icefields Parkway, where Greg was climbing. Picture: Wiki Commons

File photo of the Icefields Parkway, where Greg was climbing. Picture: Wiki Commons

Greg Boswell was climbing in the Rocky Mountains in the ski resort of Banff, on Alberta’s Mount Wilson, when a grizzly bear attacked him.

The 24-year-old sustained injuries to his legs but managed to make it back down the mountain and to hospital for treatment.

In a Facebook post Boswell, from Cupar in Fife, said that it had taken him three hours to descend the mountain and a further two hours drive to get treatment.

He added: “Ok. Crazy news from Canada! I’m going to put it bluntly, but would just like to let everyone know I’m ok, just a little shook up and sore!

Greg's injuries. Picture: Facebook / Greg Boswell

Greg's injuries. Picture: Facebook / Greg Boswell

“I got attacked by a Grizzly bear last night and lived to tell the tale. All stitched up now and on the mend.”

One well-wisher posted: “Puts the dangers of Scottish winter climbing in perspective (no bears for a start). At least you got some great stuff done before this. Hope you get back into it soon.”

Another joked: “If you look like that, what the heck did you to the bear?”

And Joanna Croston added: “Glad you’re currently sitting in my living room drinking a beer right now.”

Boswell has travelled all over the world since he took up climbing in 2004 at the age of 13.