maddie77777 wrote:If I buy a bear canister, do I just keep it in my tent with me? Or do I then put it in my pack and hang it from a tree as well?
Do they prevent scents from getting out, or are they just made to keep the bears from getting in and ever realizing any food rewards?
maddie77777 wrote:Thanks, Sarah. I'll be purchasing one in the next week or two in anticipation of a trip to the Adirondacks, and the last thing in the world I want is to die in the night while clutching a bear canister that should have been hung up in the first place.
rhyang wrote:Tips from Yosemite national park -
Black bears such as we have in CA possess an incredible sense of smell -- they've been known to rip the doors off cars to get at candy bar wrappers left under the seat So a canister isn't generally going to keep a bear from smelling your food. Bear canisters just prevent them from actually eating your food. Sorry bear, you are just going to have to be content with berries
MoapaPk wrote:maddie77777 wrote:Thanks, Sarah. I'll be purchasing one in the next week or two in anticipation of a trip to the Adirondacks, and the last thing in the world I want is to die in the night while clutching a bear canister that should have been hung up in the first place.
A few years ago, a few bears in the Adirondacks -- around Marcy Dam, I believe -- had learned how to defeat the Bear Vault lock. Supposedly, the company redesigned the lock just because of these incidents.
The bear vault has protuberances that allow you to strap it to a fixed object -- like a tree-- but in general the canisters are pretty slick, by intention.
TimmyC wrote:Yeah, a couple of the companies that manufacture these joke in their ads about how the bear can't open the canister without a coin or a screwdriver, and all I can think of is the bears in Yosemite that have been known to climb thirty feet up a 5.8, stemming between the rock and a tree to reach a bear bag or canister. Or the Camp 4 mama bear that only breaks into one particular model of car, allegedly because they're easier to get into. Coin or screwdriver? They'll figure it out.
Moni wrote:There will be food smells on the outside of the canister - I would still hang it properly along with anything else with food smells on it. If nothing nearby to hang, then stash it well away from the tent.
maddie77777 wrote:LOL, great. Ok, so I guess bear canisters are out for my trip. Thanks for that, though. I was just looking at them at REI getting ready to drop the $80. Would it be too redundant to buy a bear canister and still hang it b/w 2 trees? I don't think so...
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