Leave No Trace / Low Impact Guidelines
How to hang your food
Hanging the food pack is
not only a necessity in the backcountry, it's an art! Some folks enjoy the daily task
of keeping the food away from the critters, while others struggle with their rope. Well,
the experts at the U.S. Forest Service have produced an extensive, detailed report on the
subject, and we've got it here for you. May your next bear pack be hung high!
"This report describes techniques
backcountry campers can use to hoist food out of the reach of bears. In some areas
regulations require that food be stored out of the reach of bears or in containers bears
"The 17-page report includes many
drawings and photographs showing equipment and techniques to hoist food at least 10 feet
above the ground and 4 feet from the nearest tree. The techniques are designed to have a
low impact on the environment."
Grub and Bears
Introduction to the report.
Ropes, Cables, and Knots
The fundamentals you need for a successful "bear hang."
Pulleys, blocks, winches and how to use them!
Techniques (32 k)
The simplest and easiest way to hang your food pack.
Many Boundary Waters visitors use this method!
Another possible method. (...although the USFS does not allow placing
a brace across two trees to provide an easy hanging location)
Alternatives (16 k)
When you can't hang your food...