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Mountain Man: Hugh Glass

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Jim Straight walks in the footsteps of a legendary 19th century trader and trapper as the Park Supervisor of the Shade Hill Recreation Area.  It was here, at the confluence of the north and south forks of the Grand River, that Hugh Glass's date with destiny occurred. 

"He stumbled across this grizzly bear in a plum bush and the grizzly took after him, attacked him while he was hunting for food," says Straight. 

Several books have been written about the gruesome encounter with one of the fiercest predators on the planet. The melee didn't go well for the mountain man.  

"He was mauled pretty bad.  His face was tore up, his scalp was tore up," says Straight. "Some reports say he had scratches on this back that exposed his ribs, he was in tough shape."

To make matters worse, the other members of the hunting party stripped Glass of all his weapons, continued up the river and left him to die.

"Hugh was laying there unconscious and one account says that he heard a rattlesnake buzzing next to him and that woke him out of his slumber so he grabbed a rock, killed the rattlesnake and ended up skinning the snake and that was the start of his recovery," says Straight. 

Sioux Indians, who stumbled across the half dead pioneer, provided him with life saving assistance.

"They stitched a buffalo hide onto his back to cover up his exposed ribs and helped him build a raft so he could float down the Missouri River the rest of the way to Fort Kiowa," says Straight.

Modern campers who pitch tents at the site of Glass's brush with death don't need Navy Seal survival skills to enjoy this recreation site.

You come up here and you set your cell phones off, just kick back and relax," says Arlie Hulm. "Our worst thing is mosquitoes." 

Arlie and Sabra Hulm frequently camp at this state park.  They know all about the legend of Hugh Glass and are thankful they are able to enjoy the great outdoors with all the comforts electricity and running water provide.  For campers who don't know what happened here in back in 1823, a stone monument telling the mountain man's amazing survival story was erected on a hill near the site of Glass's brawl with a bear.

 

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