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Re: Bear canisters?

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:51 pm

You can stuff about 10 days worth of food into one can if you pack it right.


10 days in a Garcia :eek: , that depends on how much you eat, no way I could get 10 days in one, not even 8 days with my metabolism. :(
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Re: Bear canisters?

Postby SSSdave » Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:05 pm

maverick wrote:
You can stuff about 10 days worth of food into one can if you pack it right.


10 days in a Garcia :eek: , that depends on how much you eat, no way I could get 10 days in one, not even 8 days with my metabolism. :(


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Same here. There are two kinds of backpackers. ;)

1. Backpacking causes a lack of appetite especially at the beginning of trips. In fact these same people often have a hard time sleeping even though they are dead tired after a long day of hiking. Their food supply is mostly neatly packaged "backpacking food". with a few snack foods tossed in. Yeah I have mini Snickers bars. One for each day.

2. Backpacking and otherwise any strenuous outdoor activities tends to make them hungry lions able to wolf down a horse. When dusk skies drop they are quickly sound asleep in their warm bags. Some fill their food containers with lots of snacks and candies and all manner of stuff they actually don't usually eat at home.

#1's near end of their trips often can't wait to get back to civilization and often cut their trips short for that reason. Back in town first major stop is for a major pigfest at a restaurant.

#2 look at their food supplies near the end of their trip and announce what they have left to others in the group. Then the others feast on their big Ziplock bag full of cookies and whatnot they had not yet eaten. Back in town they too go to a restaurant but its just a little red meat fest before hitting the road.
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Re: Bear canisters?

Postby Jimr » Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:25 pm

I'm number 1 except I rebag everything. I don't use freeze dried pre-packaged stuff. No snacks except some sort of trail mix, but I often find I have too many almonds and cashews left at the end. after a few days, I start eating just to lighten the load. After breakfast, I can go all day without eating, but I will occasionally snack while resting.
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Re: Bear canisters?

Postby rlown » Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:30 pm

I don't like to be compartmentalized. It varies from trip to trip. Thought this was about bear can size/rental? 10 days in a garcia works quite well. I can get 15 days into my 12" bearikade.
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Re: Bear canisters?

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:39 pm

Russ wrote:
10 days in a garcia works quite well. I can get 15 days into my 12" bearikade.


Darn Russ, you must either have a slow metabolism, or a bird size stomach. :lol:
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Re: Bear canisters?

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:40 pm

Jim wrote:
After breakfast, I can go all day without eating, but I will occasionally snack while resting.


Must be those exotic chilies you bring. :unibrow:
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Re: Bear canisters?

Postby rlown » Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:40 pm

or maybe, i fish? :p
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Re: Bear canisters?

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:02 pm

or maybe, i fish? :p


No wonder that you are so adamant about your requirement, that their has to be good fishing at any location you go, otherwise you would starve. :)
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Re: Bear canisters?

Postby Jimr » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:05 pm

Chilis and a 1/2 pint of gruel and I'm set for the night. That's why I can pack my poop out with no problem. There isn't much. TMI? :moon:
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Re: Bear canisters?

Postby Jimr » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:07 pm

In fact, I think those Garcias should be open able at both ends. One end for incoming food and one end for outgoing food. Food container and port-a-potty all in one.
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