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Re: How many bear canisters for five 2 nights?

Postby gregw822 » Mon May 02, 2011 9:58 am

Of course you're right, but you did notice that I included a caveat about habituated bears? The campgrounds in the Valley and Tuolumne aren't even close to being wilderness areas, and neither, for that matter, are most of the one-nighter destinations in Yosemite.



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Re: How many bear canisters for five 2 nights?

Postby oldranger » Mon May 02, 2011 8:12 pm

Greg

My theory is there is no such thing as a food container that does not have odor. Those sealed freeze dried meals had to be open and accumulate some odor in the process of filling. Really wild bear probably respond as much to your odor (I don't mean to imply that you stink :D ) as much as food and you may cause them to be cautious and stay clear. But having had a bear pull a beer out of a creek (it was under a rock, too) and sink his teeth into it and finish it off is proof enough to me to expect a bear to have a nose for food (and drink) items we would swear had no odor.

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Re: How many bear canisters for five 2 nights?

Postby gregw822 » Mon May 02, 2011 8:31 pm

Mike,

Fair enough. I've never been sickened by drinking unfiltered Sierra waters either, which I've done all my life. I guess my life in the wilderness mirrors the charmed life I seem lead back in civilization. Ah wait...l I know... I don't drink beer. That must be the secret.

But I do stink when I'm in the woods. Even I can smell me. :)

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Re: How many bear canisters for five 2 nights?

Postby Flux » Wed May 04, 2011 10:41 am

Those freeze dried meals that say 2 servings?? I eat the whole dang thing no problem. I try to plan on 800 give or take calories for dinner.

The Single Serving Pro-Paks have more calories per serving, probably like 600. Those could do fine with a snack too.

Last couple times out with a partner, we made early dinner and late dinner, splitting one of those freeze dried 2 person servings at each.

My bane though is that I get hypoglycemic, or I get all goofy when I run out of calories so I need to constantly eat, like once an hour on the trail. I learned my lesson, you just constantly eat and drink and always take a bit too much food. I also look for high calorie/oz foods. You should try to average about 125/oz. Typically I have a couple top-ramens, power bars, and this or that left when I leave. hiking on an empty stomach with a heavy pack is not great at all.
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