critters and food
Posted by: old_user on Jun-10-09 9:58 AM (EST)
I have done the BWCA, Yoesmite, Missouri and Akansas rivers and plenty in between... the best advice I ever heard regarding bears was to change you eating habits - just like with lunch and breakfest- (you are moving to some place new that did not have a campfire or food)well do the same with dinner... stop and then cook- eat and clean up and then travel on to your campsite... change cloths and cache the clothing you wear during eating just like you would food... it means a little more work but only having clean cloths or camp cloths with no food in your tent is a good idea... as to trees well sometimes you have to do the tree thing... in yosemite (tulomomie meadows) I saw a momma bear push her cub out to break the branch that was holding our food... so park approved containers are the best... in the BWCA... you are on your own and we always used trees... but I think camping on a island is good when you can - even though bears can swim and talking to the rangers about "bear areas" are good too... in Grizz country I like the cooking at a separate place... In the current river and other rivers in Missouri I think the food barrels are good enough to keep the coons out not so many bears there...
a clean camp keeps critters away too...
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Posted by: Wavetamer on Jun-10-09 10:26 AM (EST)
Good points. I think too many of us want to reach that final camp and then cook, but your idea of cooking/eating enroute to that final camp is a good option. Ranger advice also good as there is seldom anything better than local knowledge in most cases. Thanks for comments.
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Posted by: Wavetamer on Jul-01-09 1:11 PM (EST)
HI, good comments. I personally have never had trouble with critters...except a raccoon that stole a quart of milk off our table...lived in Kodiak, Alaska and camped in bear country a lot. Cleanliness and proximity to camp are probably best bets...that and a good bear-proof canister. Thanks for your comments.
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Posted by: wavetamer on Jan-06-10 2:25 AM (EST)
Good advice all around. I hear mixed comments about food in trees, but like you said, no choice sometimes. Other critters such as porkies and raccoons can be a problem, too. Bear boxes in Voyageur Park seemed effective for black bear, but I am not too sure they are the good swimmers brown bears are (excellent!).