How To Hang Your Food

You’ll hear this a lot, but the best way to keep nuisance animals from eating your supplies (food or otherwise) is to hang your food up a tree. Stuff your food in a pack, grab some rope and pull it up out of reach of those critters who’d love an opportunity at a free meal. Easy right?

Well… if you’ve never done it before, you’ll find some small problems that you may not have thought of until now. Below you’ll find a list of those problems and some quick and easy solutions.

How High is High?

Depending on who you talk to, you should hang your food bag between 9 and 13 feet. Might as well be safe and make it as close to 13 as possible. An easy way to figure out how high that is: double your height and add a couple of feet. (If you’re shorter than 5’10”, maybe add a few more.) Basically, you want to hang the pack high enough that the bear can’t use your pack as a piñata. Make sure you have enough rope packed. It has to make it up a tree and back down.

What Needs Hanging

Basically, anything that gives off a scent should be hung. This includes any food, no matter how it’s sealed – better safe than sorry. This should also include things like soap, deodorant and toothpaste – a surprising favourite of bears. Other things include cooking and fishing gear – both washed of course. Don’t forget the dog food. If you’re like me, you’ve put a dish down for the dog and it’s easy to leave it there as you would at home, and it’s designed to smell good to animals.

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