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View Poll Results: Do you use bear canisters?
Yes, but only in the High Peaks 14 23.73%
Yes, everywhere 19 32.20%
Sometimes 9 15.25%
No, not even in the High Peaks 17 28.81%
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Old 12-11-2014, 10:29 PM   #1
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Do you use bear canisters?

In the summer, I was considering buying bear canisters and was just curious about attitudes and usage. Do you use bear canisters when camping?
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:06 PM   #2
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Do you use bear canisters?

I do not. I chose to use an ursack (www.ursack.com). A contributing factor in my decision being I don't go into the area that mandates a bear canister.
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:37 AM   #3
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I always use them in the High Peaks during the season mandated by regulation.

I will occasionally use them in other areas when I don't feel like doing a bear hang.
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:40 AM   #4
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Sometimes I take one along, mostly if I'm going to a spot with no good trees to hang on. It's a bit of extra weight, but that's better than getting your food ripped off.

99% of the time I get by with just a good hang. For the most part, bears are not a problem outside the EHP.
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:09 PM   #5
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I know this thread is about the use of bear canisters, but here's an entertaining piece on bear-bag hanging:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...e#.VIsRyyY8KnN
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:13 PM   #6
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I use one, more for squirrels and other vermin rather than bears.
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:30 PM   #7
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I've only used a canister when required. Typically I use an Ursack and prefer the way it compacts down as it empties of food. So far I've never had any problems with critters and my Ursack so I'm going to continue using it where I can.

That's all for now. Take care and until next time...Be well.

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Old 12-12-2014, 01:33 PM   #8
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Sometimes I take one along, mostly if I'm going to a spot with no good trees to hang on. It's a bit of extra weight, but that's better than getting your food ripped off.

99% of the time I get by with just a good hang. For the most part, bears are not a problem outside the EHP.
While they are significantly bulkier, I am of the opinion that rope that is long enough to do a proper bear hang, and thick enough to avoid getting tangled in branches (so not p-cord) is going to weigh nearly as much as a bear canister anyways.
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Old 12-16-2014, 01:58 PM   #9
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ditto bridgeman
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:46 PM   #10
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While they do add weight, I've been using the can almost all the time because it's simply more convenient.
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:45 AM   #11
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Only when mandated.

Ursack otherwise.
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:02 AM   #12
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I use Ursack. I wish they were more broadly accepted as an alternative to canisters.
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Old 12-25-2014, 07:11 AM   #13
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I almost always take it out of paranoia even when it's not regulated. I really need to buy garcias smaller size for short/solo trips though. The big one is just overkill for an overnight and because it's so big i always bring too much food.
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Old 06-23-2017, 05:07 PM   #14
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Never used one
Find them big bulky and expensive
Hanging allows me to hang all my gear
Including all cooking gear mess kit and dirty clothes
I basically take out what i need for the night and hang my pack
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Old 06-24-2017, 10:27 AM   #15
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I really need to buy garcias smaller size for short/solo trips though. The big one is just overkill for an overnight and because it's so big i always bring too much food.
I'd also suggest looking at the Bare Boxer canister, which is the perfect size for a weekend trip. Weighs 1lb. 9 oz and very similar design. http://http://www.bareboxer.com/products.htm
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I voted no, but I do not camp in the Eastern High Peaks, ever.
While D makes a good point about the weight of hanging rope being nearly the same as the extra weight of a canister, it's the bulk that would bug me.
My pack is already bulky enough with a Kelly Kettle tucked in...and in a lifetime of wilderness camping, I've never had a bear attracted to my food supplies...that I know of!
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Old 06-30-2017, 04:53 PM   #17
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... I've never had a bear attracted to my food supplies...that I know of!
He's just waiting for you to make a mistake
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:33 AM   #18
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I voted no, but I do not camp in the Eastern High Peaks, ever.
While D makes a good point about the weight of hanging rope being nearly the same as the extra weight of a canister, it's the bulk that would bug me.
My pack is already bulky enough with a Kelly Kettle tucked in...and in a lifetime of wilderness camping, I've never had a bear attracted to my food supplies...that I know of!
I second this post.
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Old 07-07-2017, 04:40 PM   #20
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Anyone know if an ursack/opsak combo will be "legal"? I know the ursack people are at war with the NPS in places out west over this, any signs the NY DEC might change its mind?
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