“We were between a mother and a cub, so it was a bad situation to be in,” Crystal Hill explained. “I wasn’t feeling safe from that other bear completely because we were only walking for a few seconds and before we could even be like, ‘OK, we’re safe,’ there was another bear. It was pure panic the entire time because we didn’t even get a chance to catch our breath — it was an instant adrenaline rush, your heart rate is increased intensely, you’re breathing rapidly, you’re walking as fast as you can. You’re like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a bear. Is he going to come after you? Where is the mother?’ All this stuff is going through your head, and you’re just trying to get away as fast as you can, and then to run into a great big huge one — it was like ‘Oh no. Are you kidding me?’ It was definitely life-threatening the whole time, I felt.” While Stephanie Hawley called 911, Hill retrieved two cans of bear spray and a pair of knives from her backpack. It was the beginning of a tense standoff as the pair stood back to back with their blades open and spray cans within reach, waiting for help to arrive. Two Parks Canada rangers arrived about an hour later.