The methods described above are effective in most areas. However, bears and other animals in some of our National Parks and other popular areas are extremely accustomed to human food, and in quite a few locations they’ve become unusually aggressive and resourceful in obtaining supplies from campers.
An especially foolproof system is known as counterbalancingâ which requires dividing your food between two bags. Use either a suitable branch or a horizontal line as discussed above. Tie your cord to a rock, toss it over the branch or line, and attach it to one bag. Pulling the bag high, tie the cord’s other end to the second bag. Then push it up with a long stick so that both bags hang at least 10 feet off the ground. To retrieve your food, use the stick to pull either of the bags down.
After dark it’s unquestionably more difficult to locate a suitable branch and hang your food line. Get in the habit of doing it immediately after setting up your tent, so the task doesn’t get forgotten until much later.
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