Mar 22, 2007 at 1:21 pm #1222486
I don't want to sleep with my food. But with no trees to hang from in So Cal I am worried about critters chewing through my food back. Any suggestions appreciated?
BenMar 22, 2007 at 2:16 pm #1383212
@foodLocale: Colorado RockiesMar 22, 2007 at 2:29 pm #1383213
@jgranite25Locale: Lake Tahoe
For small amounts of food, I've put it in my cooking pot and then covered the pot with rocks. I've had minimal luck doing the same thing but with a stuff sack instead of the pot. It left me with little nibble holes in the stuff sack, but my food wasn't destroyed.Mar 22, 2007 at 2:31 pm #1383214
Empty paint can.Mar 22, 2007 at 3:17 pm #1383217
Randy BrisseyBPL Member
@rbrisseyLocale: Redondo Beach, CA
A good bet is an Ursack with the odorproof liner.
RandyMar 23, 2007 at 6:53 am #1383280
John S.BPL Member
The people I hike with in the desert like to place their food bag in the middle of a cactus group, like prickly pair.Mar 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm #1487964
Here is a link to the Outsak manufacturers' website:Mar 23, 2009 at 12:33 am #1488054
Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
What deserts in So Cal, and what locations?
Most parts of the lower Colorado and Mojave are sparse, which means not a lot of critters. Normally I leave my food next to me in a stuff sack or a freezer bag. Never have any problems. If I am sleeping in areas of thick vegetation or lots of Joshua trees, I might bring a Ursak.Mar 23, 2009 at 12:41 am #1488055
.Mar 23, 2009 at 7:08 am #1488077
Grand Canyon critters are ruthless. I often hear them referred to as "grad school" ravens, squirrels, etc. due to their enormous success in raiding people's backpacks and other items.Mar 23, 2009 at 7:11 am #1488079
M GBPL Member
Anyone experiences with critters in Zion and Southern Utah locales such as escalante? I've got an Ursack but it's heavy.Mar 23, 2009 at 8:51 am #1488098
Southern Utah usually has rodents, ringtails, and skunks. Bears are sometimes in higher elevationsMar 23, 2009 at 9:03 am #1488102
Keep it simple, keep it with you. AliMar 23, 2009 at 9:23 am #1488105
Joe ClementBPL Member
Only problem I've ever had was 35 years ago on the upper Rio Grande, and it was a ringtail cat. Watched my Dad run around the shelter in his longjohns 3 times, and come back with a big bag of raisens. Something did eat a couple of holes in my son's hydration pack to get food in Zion last year.Mar 29, 2009 at 5:07 am #1489526
Dean F.BPL Member
@acrosomeLocale: Back in the Front Range
Well, once you've stored your dessert, what do you do with the rest of your food?
:)Mar 29, 2009 at 6:27 am #1489531
Mark MendellBPL Member
Just bought a lifetime's worth of pretzels at Costco. They come in the perfect sized lightweight plastic jugs. They hold 40 and 55 oz of pretzels, and weigh in just under 7oz. I'm hoping they keep the rodents at bay.
Anybody want a pretzel?
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