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    Christopher *
    BPL Member


    Locale: US East Coast

    Button on my shorts. Awkward looking from a distance, but it worked.

    Kenneth Jacobs
    BPL Member


    Locale: Midwest

    Backside of the Spyderco Ladybug H1 knife blade. Fits EXCELLENT in the hand, stout locking blade, weighs 0.6oz, no chance of rusting and fits so well in the Bearikade slots it's like it was made to open the can.



    BPL Member


    Locale: SoCAL

    My Spyderco Ladybug VG10 knife (the same as above but black) also fits nicely in the Garcia Can locks. No longer a need to carry a penny to use. Though if you are doing a long distance trail with mutliple resupplies, you end up with a few coins anyway unless you dump them in some sort of donation can at the store counter (I personally can't seem to do that with the quarters though the rest of the change is easy to dump).

    Keith Fultz
    BPL Member


    Locale: Central Valley, CA

    Thanks for all the good input. I hate carrying anything in my pocket. I carry my knife in the pack belt pocket.

    So I already tried the "force." BTW I was so tired, when I read that post that I thought it was some type of device and looked up the "backpacking force tool" on the internet. Thanks a lot for making me feel more stupid than I normally am.

    So I will try the plastic bread bad closure and if that is not satisfactory, I will try the washer. And if I'm not happy with that I will try the Spyderco ladybug. It is about an ounce lighter than present knife. Have to save up a little for it though.

    Roger, I did enjoy the video.

    I appreciate all of you guys. This Community of backpackers has added years to my backpacking life.
    65 now and hoping for 25 more years of hiking.

    Jennifer Mitol
    BPL Member


    Locale: In my dreams....

    I sometimes carry a firesteel (because I think it's kinda fun….and may or may not make a good backup fire starter) and the metal piece of it is perfect for the bearikade locks.

    dual use!

    Ken Larson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Western Michigan


    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Right there

    A lot of single use items suggested here. Some cleverness as well.

    Bob Gross
    BPL Member


    Locale: Silicon Valley

    I gave this more thought. I always carry a trowel (actually a snow stake) in the rear pocket of my backpack, and the point of it fits the screw locks on a Bearikade. The trowel always resides in the rear pocket so that it is handy for other purposes.


    Steve B
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southern California

    The Titanium washer I use to open my Weekender is 1g.

    Used with a tent stake for twisting leverage.


    Mike In Socal
    BPL Member


    Locale: California

    No one has mentioned a zipper pull if one is already on your pack or jacket. You could always add one that is more substantial than the tiny lightweight ones.

    Gary From CA


    I hate relying on a loose coin too…and one time I really did lose it, which is how I discovered that the one really small key on my keychain works. I use the flathead on a SAK Climber though. I get enough use out of the rest of it that I would carry it anyway, and it stays in the hip pocket of my pack. It also comes in handy for opening Bear Vaults on cold mornings.



    light my fire swedish firesteel. 7g, and the striker works well for this. also it can save your life.

    Robert Kelly
    BPL Member


    Locale: UL gear @

    When I actually used a Bearikade on JMT thru, I kept a few nickels in various pockets so they would always be handy. However, my spoon handle would have worked and added no additional weight to my kit.

    David Moreno
    BPL Member


    Locale: North East Ohio

    I use a P-38 Military can opener for both, Wild Ideas Scout and Bare Boxer Contender.

    It has a cord through the hole in the end, that attaches it to my belt loop, where it hangs down into my pocket.

    I use it as a can opener rarely (but do use it), as a bottle opener in foreign countries that still have the pry off tops (just fold it over and pry the top off), and have even used it to puncture an empty fuel canister for disposal half way through a 10 day trip.

    The hinge wears out quickly though. It still works for years but it gets to where the hinge swings freely. Nothing like being impaled in the thigh. I just wrap a small length of duct tape around it to keep the cutting edge flat against the body.P38

    Randy Welch


    I use a small stainless fender washer (quarter dollar sized). It's attached to the can with small piece of bungee. A section of hybrid cuben fiber tape attaches the tag end of the bungee to the can.

    Eric Blumensaadt
    BPL Member


    Locale: Mojave Desert

    Randy, great minds think alike.

    I too have had a stainless steel washer on a Trtiptease cord taped to my bear canister, one of the older black plastic types that uses slotted steel closures. Been using that for the last 8 years.

    O also Gorilla taped 4 plastic D rings to the canister so I could strap it on the outside of my pack. Works fine.

    Cayenne Redmonk
    BPL Member


    Locale: Greater California Ecosystem

    Wdit. Cap locks stock. I tried to used a map once. ruined the map. Spoon worked poorly, but got it open. Zipper pull works. Tent stake okay too. I keep a washer on my pack in case I really need it open quick now.

    Calvin N
    BPL Member


    Stick a piece of spiked Velcro to a nickel and the smooth Velcro onto the top.

    It's secured

    BPL Member


    Locale: California

    Deuce Scoop trowel works fine.

    Although I do kinda miss the fit and leverage I got using the backend of a REI snow stake, it was basically perfect for opening a Bearikade.

    Eric Hine
    BPL Member


    Locale: New York

    Used it last weekend in the Adirondacks High Peaks where a Canister is required. I meant to use a quarter, but forgot to bring one. On the link above, I used #9 (Medium Screwdriver).

    Cayenne Redmonk
    BPL Member


    Locale: Greater California Ecosystem

    oops double responded.

    Roger Caffin
    BPL Member


    Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe



    Scott Atha
    BPL Member


    I have a P38 on my compass lanyard. Weighs less than a quarter and it's multiuse,

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