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Camping above treeline

Postby jmanner » Fri May 24, 2013 9:15 am

Anyone have any thoughts on what to with your food when your camping above treeline and there isn't a tree to hang your food in( and you don't have a backpacking bear canister).

I wouldn't even think to worry about securing my food above treeline but the Boulder-field on Longs has all those bear canisters and I don't want to be woken up by a Bear at 12K at 2 am!
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Re: Camping above treeline

Postby dnye » Fri May 24, 2013 9:25 am

The concern isn't as much bears above treeline as it is marmots and pikas.

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Re: Camping above treeline

Postby screeman57 » Fri May 24, 2013 9:28 am

jmanner wrote:Anyone have any thoughts on what to with your food when your camping above treeline and there isn't a tree to hang your food in( and you don't have a backpacking bear canister).


A bear canister is such a great investment, and provides protection from marmots and pikas as well as bears.

My buddy once made them out of 8 inch pvc pipe. But they were heavy.
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Re: Camping above treeline

Postby Mtnman200 » Fri May 24, 2013 9:38 am

Bear canisters also make great camp stools if there's not a convenient rock or log to sit on.

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Re: Camping above treeline

Postby Jim Davies » Fri May 24, 2013 9:41 am

You could get an Ursack (~$60). Or maybe just "repurpose" a Tyvek Express Mail envelope from the post office...
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Re: Camping above treeline

Postby dsunwall » Fri May 24, 2013 11:34 am

I've used small cliffs or very large boulders, hang your food over the edge.

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Re: Camping above treeline

Postby Chicago Transplant » Fri May 24, 2013 11:48 am

dsunwall wrote:I've used small cliffs or very large boulders, hang your food over the edge.


Worked for me in Ruby Basin :-D

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Re: Camping above treeline

Postby hotrod » Fri May 24, 2013 12:00 pm

I've used an Ursack for years and have never had a problem. Just be sure to anchor it so it can't be dragged away. Put a large rock on top of the edge if above treeline.
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Re: Camping above treeline

Postby screeman57 » Fri May 24, 2013 12:23 pm

If using bear canisters became the standard, bears would eventually learn they can't get into them and not to even bother. This is the situation in Yosemite and King's Canyon/Sequoia, although I'm not sure how long the adaptation took.
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Re: Camping above treeline

Postby atalarico » Fri May 24, 2013 2:07 pm

Yeah, what everyone else said. If you don't have a bear canister, just find the biggest boulder you can and hang them over the edge. It isn't always successful though. An Ursack is such a good investment.

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