Keeping your food safe from wildlife is an important consideration on any camping trip, and assumes even greater importance when travelling through bear country. Historically, options for food protection have included food hangs and bear-resistant canisters or sacks. Food hangs or “bear bagging” can be technically challenging, requiring that the food bag be suspended at least 12-15 feet above the ground and 8 feet from the trunk of nearby trees. Bears frequently foil these hangs by climbing out on the supporting branch to access the food, or by breaking the branch off using their body weight. Bear canisters are highly effective at deterring hungry bears, but do not prevent them from being attracted to the campsite. Additionally these canisters can add considerable bulk and weight to a backpacker’s load.
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