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ben kohl
(benkohl) - F

Locale: Northeast
Dessert night time food storage? on 03/22/2007 14:21:39 MDT Print View

I don't want to sleep with my food. But with no trees to hang from in So Cal I am worried about critters chewing through my food back. Any suggestions appreciated?


Richard Matthews
(food) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Dessert night time food storage? on 03/22/2007 15:16:02 MDT Print View


Janet Brewster
(jgranite25) - F

Locale: Lake Tahoe
Re: Dessert night time food storage? on 03/22/2007 15:29:10 MDT Print View

For small amounts of food, I've put it in my cooking pot and then covered the pot with rocks. I've had minimal luck doing the same thing but with a stuff sack instead of the pot. It left me with little nibble holes in the stuff sack, but my food wasn't destroyed.

Steve .
(pappekak) - F

Locale: Tralfamadore
Re: Dessert night time food storage? on 03/22/2007 15:31:49 MDT Print View

Empty paint can.

Randy Brissey
(rbrissey) - M

Locale: Redondo Beach, CA
Desert Food Storage on 03/22/2007 16:17:44 MDT Print View


A good bet is an Ursack with the odorproof liner.


John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Dessert night time food storage? on 03/23/2007 07:53:02 MDT Print View

The people I hike with in the desert like to place their food bag in the middle of a cactus group, like prickly pair.

Jen Brandenberg
(SimpleOutdoorSolutions) - F
Outsak on 03/22/2009 17:47:18 MDT Print View

Here is a link to the Outsak manufacturers' website:

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Dessert night time food storage? on 03/23/2009 01:33:34 MDT Print View

What deserts in So Cal, and what locations?

Most parts of the lower Colorado and Mojave are sparse, which means not a lot of critters. Normally I leave my food next to me in a stuff sack or a freezer bag. Never have any problems. If I am sleeping in areas of thick vegetation or lots of Joshua trees, I might bring a Ursak.

David T
(DaveT) - F
. on 03/23/2009 01:41:04 MDT Print View


Edited by DaveT on 05/12/2015 20:51:11 MDT.

Jen Brandenberg
(SimpleOutdoorSolutions) - F
Grand Canyon Critters on 03/23/2009 08:08:55 MDT Print View

Grand Canyon critters are ruthless. I often hear them referred to as "grad school" ravens, squirrels, etc. due to their enormous success in raiding people's backpacks and other items.

(drown) - F - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah
desert food protection on 03/23/2009 08:11:03 MDT Print View

Anyone experiences with critters in Zion and Southern Utah locales such as escalante? I've got an Ursack but it's heavy.

Jen Brandenberg
(SimpleOutdoorSolutions) - F
critters in utah on 03/23/2009 09:51:45 MDT Print View

Southern Utah usually has rodents, ringtails, and skunks. Bears are sometimes in higher elevations

Ali e
(barefootnavigator) - F

Locale: Outside
"Dessert night time food storage?" on 03/23/2009 10:03:40 MDT Print View

Keep it simple, keep it with you. Ali

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Dessert night time food storage? on 03/23/2009 10:23:38 MDT Print View

Only problem I've ever had was 35 years ago on the upper Rio Grande, and it was a ringtail cat. Watched my Dad run around the shelter in his longjohns 3 times, and come back with a big bag of raisens. Something did eat a couple of holes in my son's hydration pack to get food in Zion last year.

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Re: Dessert night time food storage? on 03/29/2009 06:07:20 MDT Print View

Well, once you've stored your dessert, what do you do with the rest of your food?


Edited by acrosome on 03/29/2009 06:08:06 MDT.

Mark Mendell
(mmendell) - M

Locale: Midwest
Desert Food Storage on 03/29/2009 07:27:55 MDT Print View

Just bought a lifetime's worth of pretzels at Costco. They come in the perfect sized lightweight plastic jugs. They hold 40 and 55 oz of pretzels, and weigh in just under 7oz. I'm hoping they keep the rodents at bay.

Anybody want a pretzel?

Edited by mmendell on 03/29/2009 07:28:49 MDT.