Some folks said he was “unusual”. Some called him “uncanny”. He was a mountain man, big, gentle and strong. They called him “Bear”. His keen senses bode him well in the mountains and forests of the Pacific Northwest. Danger was not foreign to him; he lived with it everyday. Perhaps this is why an entire mining camp could count on him to go after supplies in the dead of winter. It would mean traveling from the valley over the rugged Cascade Mountains and back again. The first person who tried it was killed by robbers. Now, Bear Walker was the only hope the miners had left. Starvation was the other option.