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    Keith Fultz
    BPL Member

    @in4life6

    Locale: Central Valley, CA

    Broke down and bought a Weekender from Wild Ideas. Realized that a quarter works better for opening the lid. But I hate carrying anything in my pocket and will lose the quarter.
    What works best for you. My knife will work but it is old and weighs a little more than I want it to.

    #2162218
    Bob Gross
    BPL Member

    @b-g-2-2

    Locale: Silicon Valley

    I use a penny or a dime. I carry two, one in each front pocket.

    –B.G.–

    #2162219
    M B
    BPL Member

    @livingontheroad

    Penny.

    And a spare one in my FAK.

    Drill small hole near top edge and put on a loop of cord to keep from losing if necessary.

    #2162220
    Art …
    BPL Member

    @asandh

    a penny with one side filed flat.

    drill a hole in the center for a keeper cord you can attach some place where it won't get lost.

    then have a backup penny stored some place in case you forget to attach the keeper cord from your primary.

    #2162224
    Andrew F
    Member

    @andrew-f

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    I use my spoon handle, or my Swiss Army Classic.

    #2162233
    Cameron M
    BPL Member

    @cameronm-aka-backstroke

    Locale: Los Angeles

    Penny attached to 12" of cord taped to top of Bearikade. Always there when needed.
    Another bear canister trick: reflective tape on top and sides. Way easier to find in the dark.

    #2162236
    Art …
    BPL Member

    @asandh

    reflective tape – great idea

    but no to attaching the penny to outside of the can … just in case a bear does decide to play with it.

    #2162240
    Billy Ray
    Spectator

    @rosyfinch

    Locale: the mountains

    piece of aluminum metal about 3/4" x 3/4" x 1/16"
    duct tape to lid

    billy

    #2162244
    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member

    @here

    Locale: Right there

    Niteze mini biner.

    A Canadian nickel fits the slot perfectly. just fyi

    #2162255
    Cameron M
    BPL Member

    @cameronm-aka-backstroke

    Locale: Los Angeles

    "but no to attaching the penny to outside of the can … just in case a bear does decide to play with it."

    There is a section of the AT where this method is not allowed, otherwise you are good to go-

    #2162259
    James Reilly
    BPL Member

    @zippymorocco

    Locale: Montana

    I used My ice axe spike through the Sierras. I used the spike of my microspike sometimes too.

    #2162261
    Foo Bar
    BPL Member

    @schassey

    Locale: Bay Area

    I use the top lip of an MSR Blizzard stake. In addition to opening my bear can, it is also serves as my trowel.

    And from time to time, when ground conditions aren't amenable to my 4 shepherds hooks or 4 nail stakes, I get to put it to use as stake as well.

    #2162262
    Mobile Calculator
    Spectator

    @mobile-calculator

    #2162264
    d k
    BPL Member

    @dkramalc

    Metal washer, quarter sized but with a big hole in the center to run a string through. I use mason line, bright yellow, so I don't lose it. But it isn't terribly multi use.

    #2162296
    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member

    @here

    Locale: Right there

    "but no to attaching the penny to outside of the can … just in case a bear does decide to play with it."

    "There is a section of the AT where this method is not allowed, otherwise you are good to go-"

    Really? Where is that?

    #2162325
    jscott
    BPL Member

    @book

    Locale: Northern California

    A quarter. (More posh than a penny.) And I duct tape one on top of the canister; never had to use it however. finally, the back edge of a Spyderco knife. It weighs less than an oz., cuts first aid tape great-and anything else–and folds down nice and safe.

    #2162332
    Cameron M
    BPL Member

    @cameronm-aka-backstroke

    Locale: Los Angeles

    "There is a section of the AT where this method is not allowed, otherwise you are good to go-"
    "Really? Where is that?"

    Just yoking Ken, referencing Yellow-Yellow:

    "in one corner of the Adirondacks, campers started to notice that the BearVault, a popular canister designed to keep food and other necessities safe, was being compromised.""wildlife officials say that Yellow-Yellow, a 125-pound bear named for two yellow ear tags that help wildlife officials keep tabs on her, has managed to systematically decipher a complex locking system that confounds even some campers."

    Read about it here:
    Bear-Proof Can Is Pop-Top Picnic for a Crafty Thief
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/nyregion/25bear.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    #2162335
    Preston Patton
    BPL Member

    @prestonpatton

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    I use the striker on my Light My Fire fire steel. Works perfectly.

    #2162337
    Ben H.
    BPL Member

    @bzhayes

    Locale: No. Alabama

    Come on people… this is bpl… someone should have suggested:

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-washers/=77rvswj1c1i4n0x7m8

    #2162338
    Bob Gross
    BPL Member

    @b-g-2-2

    Locale: Silicon Valley

    Ben, we can't use a standard titanium washer because the McMaster Carr page does not list the weight of each one.

    –B.G.–

    #2162341
    Frank T
    Member

    @random_walk

    Locale: San Diego

    Use the Force. It's the most powerful of multi-use tools.

    In case the bear can is compromised, you can use it to convince the bears those are not the snacks they're looking for.

    In case you haven't mastered the Force, try a nylon washer.

    #2162342
    Lori P
    BPL Member

    @lori999

    Locale: Central Valley

    The back edge of someone else's knife blade….

    The emergency credit card. The end of a pot support on a certain kind of stove. The side of a titanium spork handle.

    #2162352
    Chris S
    BPL Member

    @bigsea

    Locale: Truckee, CA

    I usually use the snow stake that I bring as a trowel, but also use my spoon if it's not already in the canister.

    #2162360
    Don A.
    BPL Member

    @amrowinc

    Locale: Southern California

    I never hit the trail without this set of tools in my pocket and attached via the lanyard looped through a belt loop on my pants/shorts. With age I've developed a propensity for losing things which has resulted in acquiring Still Lookin' as a trail name. The canister opener I a dog tag that happens to have my phone number on it. I could use the knife but having forgotten to close the blade a few times and put it back in my pocket has stopped me from that practice.
    Lanyard

    #2162363
    Bob Gross
    BPL Member

    @b-g-2-2

    Locale: Silicon Valley

    "but also use my spoon if it's not already in the canister."

    If the spoon is already in the canister, then how did you get the canister closed?

    –B.G.–

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