Keep Your Food Safe in 2022

Watch Out For Bears

We should all understand why it’s important to take precautions against attracting bears to your campsite. Even if the bears themselves don’t end up posing a threat to yourself and your campmates, you’re going to be encouraging bad habits for the wildlife and totally ruining your campsites in the long run.

Leaving food out to tempt the wildlife on a regular basis is going to cause them to start grazing near campsites. You’re going to be disrupting diets and shaking up ecosystems. Animals are going to become more and more brazen, and it’s going to become more and more difficult to keep food away from them in the future.  Just start with good habits and you’re going to have a much less frustrating time in the long run.

Hanging a Bear Bag

When you’re bringing along a bear bag, it’s not enough to just throw all of your food in there and call it a day. You’re going to have to hang your bags a decent distance from the ground and sufficiently far from the trunk of the tree to keep bears out. A bear bag is about making your food as hard to access by a bear as possible. Hanging a bear bag is simple. You just need to set up your rope, rise it up and secure it so it doesn’t fall once you’ve left it overnight.

  •  Start by finding a suitable tree. This is going to be the hardest part of hanging a bear bag. You’re going to want to find a tree that’s a decent distance from the campsite, with branches that are about 15 to 20 feet off of the ground, and you want the branch to be thick enough to bear the weight of your bag and  it needs to be about five or six feet from the trunk
  • Get your rope and throw bag ready
  • Fill your throw bag with some rocks or anything heavy you’re not going to mind tossing into the air
  • Tie your rope to a carabiner, clip it onto your throw bag and toss it over the branch
  • Swap your bear bag for the throw bag with the carabiner. Make sure your carabiner is closed so your rope doesn’t get snagged, trapping your foot 15 feet in the air
  • Tie a twig or a small bar onto the other side of your rope and lower your bag until the carabiner stops against it, suspending your bag in the air away from the branch, away from the tree, and away from the ground

We recommend getting some practice setting this up before you have to try it in the wilderness. If you’re going to be hiking or backpacking, you’re not going to have the mental capacity or patience to learn a new skill before you get the opportunity to go to bed. You’re going to thank yourself if you’ve got the motion under your belt 

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