- 1 How do you hang food when camping?
- 2 How high should you hang your food from bears?
- 3 What smells do bears hate?
- 4 What to do if a black bear is outside your tent?
- 5 What should I eat during PCT?
- 6 What do you put in a PCT care package?
- 7 Where is resupply PCT?
- 8 Do you have to hang an Ursack?
- 9 Can you use an Ursack instead of a bear canister?
- 10 Does hanging a bear bag work?
- 11 How long should rope be to hang a bear bag?
How do you hang food when camping?
Hanging Your Food
- You can suspend your food from a high, sturdy tree limb.
- At some backcountry campsites you’ll find bear poles, a major improvement over tree branches.
- Or you may find a high horizontal metal cable strung between two poles, which is usually easier to hang your food bag from.
How high should you hang your food from bears?
At least 12 feet off the ground: Bears can be over 8 feet tall when standing. Since they can reach up, your food bag should be at least 12 feet from the ground to be out of bear reach. Some experts recommend at least 15 feet off the ground.
What smells do bears hate?
Bears also dislike the strong scent of pine-based cleaners, but avoid using anything with a fresh, lemony or fruity smell. And never mix bleach and ammonia; the combination produces fumes that can be deadly to both people and bears.
What to do if a black bear is outside your tent?
What to Do When A Bear Approaches the Tent
- Be quiet first. Often, once a bear realizes there are humans present, it will take off.
- Then use your voice.
- Get your bear spray or gun ready.
- Do not confront the bear but stand your ground.
- Don’t run.
- Know when to fight back.
What should I eat during PCT?
Some popular options for “cold-hydrated” food include:
- Beans and rice (instant white rice rehydrates better than brown)
- Mashed potatoes.
- Lentil soup and corn chowder from bulk bins.
- Homecooked and dehydrated meals – our favorite.
- Instant ramen noodles.
- Trail salads.
What do you put in a PCT care package?
Care Package Preparation from A to Z
- Anything dehydrated.
- Instant Coffee.
- Jerky – the good stuff.
- Musical Fruit: Dried hummus mix or dried refried beans.
- Salty Chocolate – Hikers are a sweaty lot.
- Snack Bars (Other than Clif) – There are two things that got me through hard days on the AT.
- Spice it up.
Where is resupply PCT?
List of resupply locations on the PCT
- Campo (mile 1.4)
- Lake Morena (mile 20)
- Mount Laguna (mile 41.5)
- Julian (mile 77.3)
- Banner (mile 77.3)
- Stagecoach Trail RV Park (mile 77.3)
- Montezuma Valley Market (mile 101.2)
- Warner Springs (mile 109.5)
Do you have to hang an Ursack?
@RussellSawyer I don’t use one but you should hang it because bears will destroy your food if they get hold of the sack even if they can’t actually get into it.
Can you use an Ursack instead of a bear canister?
Even if it isn’t required, still use a bear canister. You could save a bear’s life by not teaching it food conditioning. Only use an Ursack if you really can’t carry the weight. In areas without bears: Then hang your food as protection against critters.
Does hanging a bear bag work?
It’s often impossible. The effectiveness of a hang depends largely on the tree in which the bear bag is suspended. It’s recommended that the bag is positioned about 12 feet off the ground, five feet away from the trunk, and about five feet below the closest limb. Near tree line, the trees are too stunted.
How long should rope be to hang a bear bag?
At least 25 feet of rope: Invest in something durable that you can leave in your backpack for years. Paracord is a great investment. Bear spray: Because if you’re in bear country, you should always have bear spray.