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Postby cmon4day » Sun May 13, 2007 8:18 pm

Don't use them. I just sleep with my food under my head and a pile of rocks next to me. If a bear comes into camp we just pelt him/her in the face in rapid fire fashion.

If everybody in the backcountry practiced this method there would be no bear problem!



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Postby Rosabella » Sun May 13, 2007 9:56 pm

:eek: Oh man! I'd NEVER get any sleep!!!

I've got two bearikade canisters and worth every cent I paid for them just for the peace of mind when I go to sleep at night. If a bear comes in to my camp, I know he's not getting anything from me! I can sleep with that ;)!
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Postby markskor » Mon May 14, 2007 4:22 pm

Cmon4aday writes: “Don't use them. I just sleep with my food under my head and a pile of rocks next to me. If a bear comes into camp, we just pelt him/her in the face in rapid fire fashion.
If everybody in the backcountry practiced this method there would be no bear problem!â€
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Postby Snow Nymph » Mon May 14, 2007 7:49 pm

cmon4day wrote:Don't use them. I just sleep with my food under my head and a pile of rocks next to me. If a bear comes into camp we just pelt him/her in the face in rapid fire fashion.

If everybody in the backcountry practiced this method there would be no bear problem!



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Postby cmon4day » Tue May 15, 2007 1:26 pm

Yeah SnowNymph, I can't be serious. I was figuratively speaking. I own a bear vault, I like it better than the Garcia, but don't like the bulk or weight. One advantage is it makes for a good seat for around the campfire.

As far as rocking the bears, I did not make this up. This came from Harold Bassey (sp?) who was the head backcountry ranger in SEKI for over 30 years. His philosophy is defend your food. One of the techniques is to throw rocks at them in rapid fire fashion, not just one or two. And if every encounter with humans was this negative, the bears would shy away.
This technique satifies what Marksor is saying about safety. Both bears and people. When bears avoid people, people are safe, and bears don't get pelted.
So remember, "Rock the Bears!.
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Postby BSquared » Tue May 15, 2007 2:18 pm

Cmon, I'm glad you really do use a bear canister! Phew! I completely agree about the rocks -- good medicine for nosy bears. There's a corollary though: if you find the perfect campsite, and next to the obvious place to pitch your tent you find a small pile of pitching-sized rocks ... maybe camp somewhere else! :nod:
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Postby markskor » Tue May 15, 2007 2:49 pm

"If you find the perfect campsite, and next to the obvious place to pitch your tent you find a small pile of pitching-sized rocks ... maybe camp somewhere else!"

Alternatively, maybe, since the rock pile is still there...no bears showed.

Glad you admit to using a can Cmon; I apologize - however...a few years past, up at Kearsarge Pass, (before the bearcan rules), one night camped above timberline; we stashed our food bags under a giant cairn and slept with one eye open...ready, armed with a granite aplenty.
Sometime in the early evening, the biggest bear I ever saw wandered by, destroying our rock pile...we fired.
The entire party pelted it with boulders...I hit it hard in the chest with a 10-pounder, others too - rapid fire. It just looked at us, turned back to the cairn, and walked away with a food bag.
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Postby KathyW » Tue May 15, 2007 5:42 pm

Gary:

I hope you get some use out of it. I've been slowly giving away some of the gear I don't use - it's a shame to just see it sitting unused here at my house. Just because something doesn't work for me doesn't mean it's not perfect for someone else.

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