Bear canister idea

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Half Dome vet and loyal reader, Chris B of Palo Alto sent me the following suggestion. At first blush it sounds like a good idea. I’ll toss it to you for comment.  If you do any camping in the valley (and many formal campsites) there are nice large bear proof containers for your food and scented items. Bears like getting their grub the easy way – from us. If you are back country hiking or in many other western parks, you must use a bear proof canister.

A simple plastic can with a lid designed so bears can’t get in. These are NOT homemade and MUST be on the NPS list of approved cans. They usually have a slot for a quarter to unlatch the device. Most bears do not carry change. Some have an odd screw off lid. Until Bears grow an opposable thumb, we are superior in this dept. They win the teeth category. So Chris thinks a good idea is to attach some construction safety tape to the can so that when the bears eventually find your container (that you placed far away from your campsite at night) you can find it the next day after they kick it down the trail. With a strip of yellow or orange plastic tape your odds of finding are pretty high. Not sure why the bears wouldn’t tear off the tape, but good reasoning!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country.  A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo.  Even a bicycle goes too fast.” – Paul Scott Mowrer
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

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