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Dennis Park
(dpark) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
pots in bear country on 09/09/2012 09:44:02 MDT Print View

Where do you put pots and other kitchen ware during the night to keep everything and everyone safe from bears?

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: pots in bear country on 09/09/2012 10:05:38 MDT Print View

I only boil water in my pot so it stays outside on the ground at night.

My cup and spoon hang with the food at night.

Tom Lyons
(towaly) - F

Locale: Smoky Mtns.
Separate bag. on 09/09/2012 10:14:33 MDT Print View

I carry a separate bag with a shoulder strap for all my food and cooking stuff.
All the odor producing stuff is in there.
When I'm not cooking, I sling a line over a tall tree limb, and hoist the whole bag up for a hang system.
We don't have bear canister rules around here, and hangs are generally accepted.

This method segregates all the food-related stuff to one location, and hopefully keeps the scents off my camping gear as much as is possible.

I don't use trekking poles, so it's not a bother. However, I do have a method for clipping it to my pack straps, if I decide that I want/need to do that for any reason.

As the trip wears on, the bag gets lighter and lighter because I'm eating the food that was in it.

In the Smokies, everywhere is "bear country". But only black bears.
Truthfully, the hang probably saves the food from raccoons more than it does the bears.

Edited by towaly on 09/09/2012 10:16:44 MDT.

Willie Evenstop
(redmonk) - F

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
pots in bear country on 09/09/2012 10:43:56 MDT Print View

On the ground, maybe on the bear can

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: pots in bear country on 09/09/2012 11:14:21 MDT Print View

Put the bear bag rope through the handles of the pot and string it up along with your bear bag? I've never done that but it seems like the best option if your pot can't fit in your food bag.

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
Re: Re: pots in bear country on 09/09/2012 11:16:01 MDT Print View

If you can string your pot and a lid or something else noisy up with your bag it also acts as a noisemaker that can alert you if a bear is messing with the food hang.

Dena Kelley

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
pots in bear country on 09/09/2012 15:30:50 MDT Print View

I use a 700mL ti pot and it fits nicely into my bear canister, although it's not necessary since I only use it to boil water. But I tend to keep my kitchen all together so the stove fits in the pot with my pot handle, lid on top, in the bear can with the food.

Zorg Zumo
(BurnNotice) - F
Freezer bag cooking eliminates the worry on 09/09/2012 16:39:01 MDT Print View

My "pot" is a ZipLoc freezer bag that get rolled and sealed when the contents are munched. Then that gets put into a gallon-size ZipLoc "garbage bag" which gets squished and sealed. And that goes into the grub dry sack which I hang.

My tea kettle gets left out, but unless some critter has an urge to chew on aluminum, (which they never have), its pretty safe.

Hikin' Jim
(hikin_jim) - MLife

Locale: Orange County, CA, USA
pots in bear country on 09/09/2012 20:36:38 MDT Print View

I wash my pot, cup, and spoon after every meal. I usually set them upside down on a rock or log to dry. FWIW, they've never been disturbed as long as I've been hiking.

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David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Bears in pot country on 09/09/2012 23:35:42 MDT Print View

I went to UC Berkeley. And I might hike someday in Mendocino County. What should I do?

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Bears in pot country on 09/10/2012 06:25:53 MDT Print View

Bring cookies.

Erik Basil

Locale: Atzlan
Pack'em on 09/10/2012 08:35:51 MDT Print View

I typically use the pot(s) only for boiling, although I was wrangled into using my pan for cooking hunks of trout recently. Either way, I clean the pots, cups, bowls and utensils after every meal.

With boil only, the pot only gets more boiling incidental to sanitizing the spoons and cleaning out the bowls. With fish or other food having been in the pot, it gets scrubbed with a little square of scrubby pad and (with fish) maybe a drop of soap, then boiled again.

When done, the pot either stays over in the kitchen area, near the canisters or goes right back in the side pocket of my pack with the whole stove rig. I've never had the pot/stove messed with.

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Hang it on 09/10/2012 18:15:07 MDT Print View

I put the pot in its cuben bag and clip it on my line next to the food bag. I dont eat out my pot often either but I do put my freeze dried food bag in it sometimes for support. On other occasions when I have only boiled after in it, I will leave it out but, since I don't often need it until breakfast it's easiest to hang along with my food. I use Nylofume type bags inside of a cuben summit bag from Zimmerbuilt as my "bearbag".

steven franchuk
Clean it so it doesn't smell. on 09/11/2012 16:09:31 MDT Print View

If you clean it properly there will be no food or food smell on it. A bear will have no interest in it if it doesn't smell like food. So I just leave it next to the bear canister. It has never been disturbed.