Outsiders: Courtney Webster

Juneau's Outdoor Lives

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2006

Occupation: Ski and bike technician

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Age: 27

Outdoor activities: skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, hunting, soccer, backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, disc golfing.

Favorite outdoor activity: Winter sports on the snow. "Just the whole being outside, the whole man versus the mountain kind of thing."

Close call: "There's one time I was backpacking a 14er (14,000-foot mountain) outside Telluride, Colo., and I ended up getting lost for a day. The clouds started to roll in and I couldn't see anything," he said. Webster only had his clothes and day bag, so he started a fire and just "kind of hunkered down for the night," he said. About dusk, "I heard something off in the bushes all of a sudden this head pops out. At first I thought it was a dog but then I saw it was a black bear. It just walked through my camp and just kept going. It didn't even notice I was there, or maybe it did and just didn't pay attention. I was kind of in shock and just stood there and watched it for its reaction ... . It was a little more memorable because I was by myself."

Cool experience: "Later in that trip we were sleeping outside. ...The next morning I wake up and there's a deer looking down on me and his tongue is licking my forehead. The first thing that I thought was, 'When animals go bad, when animals attack.' It was just totally just off the wall. It was scared of me more than anything. It just looked at me and took off. It must have thought I was a salt lick."

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