Darren is the backpack carrier. He has lugged too many water bottles to count up the side of the mountain for us. We usually take two or three per person depending on the length of the hike. One for the way up, one for the picnic and one for the way down. While we are cautious of bear, we don’t use a bear proof specific back pack but we do take precautions.
- Put all food in ziplock bags, then in a larger ziplock, and then into your pack. Bears have a strong sense of smell.
- Do the same with your trash sealing it back in the ziplocks. Pack it in, pack it out! Bears are killed when they get comfortable around people and cause problems. It all starts with us and how we pack.
- Don’t leave your pack unattended.
Here is a list of what we usually pack:
- Snacks and/or picnic
- Whistle-scares bear and helps people find you if you get lost.
- Flashlight– it can get dark fast in the mountain. We have this one because it is also a taser!
- Rain poncho– storms can come on quickly.
- First Aid Kit
- Small towel
- Pocket knife
- Bug spray
- Toilet Paper
- I also take chapstick because I don’t leave home without it. Don’t judge me.
- Darren also takes gum but don’t spit it on the trail it’s bad for wildlife.
If you want a bear proof bag, here is a suggestion. The backpack linked in the post is the closest I could find to ours. Ours is ten years old! The best thing is to get one that has the water bottle holders on the side and that is water resistant.
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