A top climber who lives in Peebles has been attacked by a grizzly bear in Canada.
Greg Boswell, originally from Fife, was on a climb in the Rockies when the bear lunged and lifted him off the ground.
His climbing partner Nick Bullock said Boswell had tried to pull the creature’s jaws off his leg.
Bullock wrote on his blog: “It bit straight though his brand new boot as if it were a carpet slipper.”
They escaped the bear and later Boswell’s injuries were treated at the local hospital.
He posted on his Facebook page that he was “shook up and sore” after the attack.
“I got attacked by a Grizzly bear last night and lived to tell the tale, and to make the 3 hour descent and 2 hour drive to the hospital. All stitched up now and on the mend.”
Bullock has described how he saw his partner sprint past him with a bear in “hot pursuit”.
“The bear bounded, pulling and pushing the snow with powerful legs.
“I’m not sure ... what other people would do, but Boswell is Boswell, he grabbed the bear’s mouth and prised apart the jaws, pushing, and screaming: ‘Nick, Nick, help, its got me…’”