Hoary Marmot Pair
Hoary marmots are social animals. These two were nuzzling each other moments before I took this picture. A third animal was visible at the same time. After Quigley Ridge, I headed back to Kantishna Roadhouse on my own while the others continued on to Wickersham Dome. On the way back, I saw a distant black bear bounding around on a hillside across a river. Fortunately, it did not seem to notice me as the shallow river would have been no obstacle. In spite of seeing the bear while hiking alone, I was glad that I turned back because the others did not return until many hours later around 8:00 PM in a state of exhaustion. However, that was not the end of the day as most of us went on another little jaunt to see a putative Siberian tit. I thought it was just another boreal chickadee. We didn't get much sleep or rest on this trip.