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Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Bear hanging from aspen/firs on 09/15/2011 20:13:15 MDT Print View

I'm curious what type of bear hanging techniques you use below treeline when suitable trees aren't plentiful. I had planned to get an Ursack for my Rockies trip this year, but didn't have the money. As expected it was a challenge to get a nice hang at least 10' up and 5' from a trunk when surrounded by spindly aspen or fir trees. Do you try to use the 2-tree technique, which requires a lot more rope?

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Two Trees on 09/15/2011 22:00:20 MDT Print View

Yep I do the two tree method. I have about50 ft. of very thin but strong cord. I forgot the name its old BPL stuff. It only weights about an ounce. The only real problem is that is REALLY hard to pull up a heavy food bag with such a thin rope. If the food is heavy I twist a stick into the end of the rope for a sort of handle so I can grip it better. Of course on my three week Colorado Trail trip I was so tired at night I often didn't bother.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Bear hanging from aspen/firs on 09/16/2011 01:42:18 MDT Print View

> I'm curious what type of bear hanging techniques you use below treeline

I'm curious as to how you manage to hang the bear up? What weight rope do you use?

Cheers

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
two trees on 09/16/2011 13:25:23 MDT Print View

The two tree, two rope technique will usually give you a good hang when nothing else will. Using the Sawchuk method of clipping the top of the bag to the line will let you pull the bag away from a tree and make a bad hang decent. Aspen branches are so weak, doing multiple hangs might be necessary to not break branches.

An OP sack is nice insurance. Thankfully CO and MT bears haven't been habituated to human food the way Sierra bears have been.

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: Bear hanging from aspen/firs on 09/16/2011 13:44:08 MDT Print View

I do have an opsak inside the sil bag. If you did look at the video I did for your contest, you saw I've apparently gotten lucky so far with critters getting to my food. Or the opsak works. :P

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Bear hanging from aspen/firs on 09/16/2011 13:48:04 MDT Print View

Roger wrote, "I'm curious as to how you manage to hang the bear up?"

About the same way as you would do it for an oversized wombat.

--B.G.--

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
OP sacks on 09/16/2011 17:07:11 MDT Print View

I think OP sacks definitely work.