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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Turbo Bear Bag Hanging on 09/10/2009 00:00:30 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Turbo Bear Bag Hanging

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Turbo Bear Bag Hanging on 09/10/2009 06:13:57 MDT Print View

Video won't play for me. Says it's private.

Nate Powell
(powell1nj) - F

Locale: North Carolina
Nice! on 09/10/2009 06:32:48 MDT Print View

Really great article. Not just informative but well written and enjoyable to read. Good pictures as well. Looking forward to working on my 'cowboy' toss. Keep up the good work!

Tony Burnett
(tlbj6142) - F

Locale: OH--IO
Private video... on 09/10/2009 06:41:54 MDT Print View

I can't watch the attached you tube video as it claims to be "private".

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Private video... on 09/10/2009 06:55:42 MDT Print View

Same with me- no functional video.

Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Video - ACK! on 09/10/2009 09:43:24 MDT Print View

My fault. It's fixed. Thanks guys!

jim bailey
(florigen) - F - M

Locale: South East
Turbo Bear Bag Hanging on 09/10/2009 11:48:19 MDT Print View

Great article Kevin,
Very well done and most helpful

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Re: Turbo Bear Bag Hanging on 09/10/2009 12:09:28 MDT Print View

Great article, but some diagrams would help. Hard to understand some things from the photos, and word descriptions are not clear in some cases.

Kevin Sawchuk
(ksawchuk) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Re: Re: Turbo Bear Bag Hanging on 09/10/2009 13:05:37 MDT Print View

What questions did you have Elliott? I'll do my best to answer.

Kathy A Handyside
(earlymusicus) - M

Locale: Southeastern Michigan
Bear Bag Hanging VS Bear-Proof Canister on 09/10/2009 16:07:37 MDT Print View

Really well-written and comprehensive article; nice video, too! However, since I'm only a 5-foot-tall woman, I really think I'll work on lightening my pack weight as much as possible so I can use a bear canister. I think it would be much easier for me.

Daniel Benthal
(DBthal)

Locale: Mid-Coast Maine
Thanks! on 09/10/2009 17:24:59 MDT Print View

Like Elliot, I was a bit confused in parts of the text. However, the video was a great demonstration and cleared up any confusion I had.

A picture IS worth a 1000 words.

Thanks,

Dan

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Awesome on 09/10/2009 17:38:12 MDT Print View

Top knotch, and entertaining.


Bravo.

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Turbo Bear Bag Hanging on 09/10/2009 18:03:35 MDT Print View

How many times have I been in the woods, hanging bear bags with friends, when we've said "This is more entertaining than TV!" And now someone's gone and put the entertainment on "TV!" Good stuff.

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
RE: Turbo Bear Bag Hanging on 09/10/2009 18:44:04 MDT Print View

Watched the video at home and my questions were cleared up. Picked up a few new ideas, thanks.

Now where will my family hide when I attempt a "cowboy" rock throw?

Finally, I just bring a small mesh sack to hold the rock so I don't have to tie the rope to the rock. I've been in forests where rocks are scarce and mostly rounded, so the sack has been a lifesaver.

Edited by ewolin on 09/10/2009 18:44:43 MDT.

Lori Pontious
(lori999) - M

Locale: Central Valley
re: bear bagging on 09/10/2009 19:20:15 MDT Print View

Interesting, but if the author is still bear bagging in Yosemite or the JMT corridor, he is risking a fine and being escorted out of the wilderness by a ranger. Bear canisters on the SIBBG approved list are mandatory, even if you turbo hang.

A friend took an Ursack and was caught somewhere on Red Peak Pass. Long walk with a ranger.

Karl Keating
(KarlKeating) - MLife
But mind the regulations! on 09/10/2009 19:47:18 MDT Print View

This is a helpful article, but Kevin should have noted that in hanging his food in Tuolumne Meadows, he violated Park Service policy. In all of Yosemite, the use of bear canisters (or food storage lockers) is mandatory.

A map of Sierra areas that require bear canisters may be found at http://www.sierrawildbear.gov/foodstorage/map041609.pdf

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Turbo Bear Bag Hanging on 09/11/2009 01:59:39 MDT Print View

I've never been able to hit the side of a barn when throwing anything. The jerky motions required for throwing also start up painful arthritis in my shoulders. I therefore cannot hang my food. It's also almost impossible to find appropriate trees near or above timberline where I prefer to backpack. I therefore use an Ursack with an OP Sack liner. The Ursack also keeps squirrels and birds out of my food, which a lightweight stuff sack does not. If legally required, I use a canister. In the Pacific Northwest, that's in Olympic National Park.

Kevin Sawchuk
(ksawchuk) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Re: re: bear bagging on 09/11/2009 11:21:56 MDT Print View

In reply to Lori's and Karl's concerns:

"Interesting, but if the author is still bear bagging in Yosemite or the JMT corridor, he is risking a fine and being escorted out of the wilderness by a ranger. Bear canisters on the SIBBG approved list are mandatory, even if you turbo hang.
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This is a helpful article, but Kevin should have noted that in hanging his food in Tuolumne Meadows, he violated Park Service policy. In all of Yosemite, the use of bear canisters (or food storage lockers) is mandatory"

I filmed the video in Yosemite but am well aware of the regulations throughout the Sierra. I carry and use a bear canister where required--including canistering all of my food after filming the video. I don't believe I mentioned where the video was shot--specifically so as not to imply that I'd hang in an illegal area. If you recognized the area (Murphy Creek not Tuolumne Meadows) or if I did say something about Yosemite I'm sorry.

The important point is that there are clearly many areas where hanging is still an option: nearly everywhere outside of the Sierra, Sierra north of Yosemite including Tahoe region, much of SEKI--at least for 2009. If backpackers hang their food well it is very likely that bears won't get their food and rangers won't push for further restrictions on hanging food.

Kevin Sawchuk
(ksawchuk) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Re: RE: Turbo Bear Bag Hanging on 09/11/2009 11:32:34 MDT Print View

Elliott:

"Now where will my family hide when I attempt a "cowboy" rock throw?"

They should hide a looooooong way away and perpendicular to the rope spin.

I've also used a small sack where appropriate sized/shaped rocks aren't available. If you pad it with a small piece of insulite it's less likely to rupture.

Karl Keating
(KarlKeating) - MLife
Clarification on 09/11/2009 17:50:44 MDT Print View

Kevin:

Thanks for your elaboration, but you did write this near the begging of your article: "I typically split my hangs in high bear traffic areas such as Tuolumne Meadows."

In Tuolumne Meadows, bear bag hanging is prohibited and bear canisters are mandatory.

If you meant to say that you split your hangs in places that are like Tuolumne Meadows but are not themselves Tuolumne Meadows, then your phrasing was unclear.