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Dumb bear canister question
July 16, 2020 02:50PM
So the Garcia bear vaults are black, obviously, and I've always thought I should paint the darn thing bright yellow or add reflective tape so I can better find it in the morning. Is there any reason to believe that doing that makes it easier for bears to find? I always assumed they used smell to track down our precious food stashes. And why are they are black in the first place?
avatar Re: Dumb bear canister question
July 16, 2020 03:21PM
So ewe want to paint it so it looks like a
big ol pot o honey?
Winnie will be very happy!



Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Dumb bear canister question
July 16, 2020 03:25PM
Seriously, paint it or put stickers on it
whatever makes you smile

The bears will find it regardless and not
get your food if it’s locked.

it’s probably black because the composite
is black and coloring it would be cost prohibitive
bear vaults are clear ish

anyway
have fun and no worry bout the bears



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Dumb bear canister question
July 16, 2020 03:27PM
Thinking orange now like a giant tangerine or persimmon.
Re: Dumb bear canister question
July 16, 2020 03:29PM
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July 16, 2020 03:33PM
Bears will smell it far before they can see it.



- Billy Joel



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/16/2020 03:34PM by JRinGeorgia.
Re: Dumb bear canister question
July 17, 2020 05:27AM
Put some reflective tape around it. Sometimes bears swat the can or roll it down a hill trying to open it. Sure makes it easier to find with that reflective tape.
Re: Dumb bear canister question
July 18, 2020 11:37AM
Yep, reflective tape is nice when you're looking for it after dark., with or without bear interference.
Re: Dumb bear canister question
August 25, 2020 05:05PM
Sometime pigments can protect a plastic from UV damage. I suspect the black is there is absorb UV. Yes, buy some reflector tape. While you are doing this buy some reflective line for you tent guylines too.

These bear cans have actualy changed bear behavior. They know that can't get your food so they are stopped trying. The advice now is to stack cookware on top of the bear can so it will make noise, wake you up and you can chase off the bear. But really, they have learn that it is not worth their time to mess wit bear cans
Re: Dumb bear canister question
August 25, 2020 05:54PM
My tent lines are already reflective thanks to REI.

So I camped for a night in Lyell Canyon a few weeks ago on my way to Vogelsang, I woke up in the morning to find that a fellow backpacker had stashed his bear canister well away from his tent (good), but 10 feet away from mine (bad!). And it wasn't nighttime or anything. It was obvious to him that my campsite was there. Still wondering what he was thinking. Not cool.
Re: Dumb bear canister question
September 02, 2020 12:44PM
This reminds me of the joke with two hunters running from a bear (punchline: I don't have to outrun the bear, I have to outrun you)
In this case, the other camper didn't have to make sure no bears were around - just had to make sure the didn't come to his campsite :-)
Re: Dumb bear canister question
September 02, 2020 07:30PM
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mbazeley
My tent lines are already reflective thanks to REI.

So I camped for a night in Lyell Canyon a few weeks ago on my way to Vogelsang, I woke up in the morning to find that a fellow backpacker had stashed his bear canister well away from his tent (good), but 10 feet away from mine (bad!). And it wasn't nighttime or anything. It was obvious to him that my campsite was there. Still wondering what he was thinking. Not cool.

Did you move his canister to a spot away from your tent?
Re: Dumb bear canister question
September 02, 2020 07:41PM
I didn't see it until the next morning before I left. I pulled it out of its spot and left is sitting out near a tree so he would know that I had seen it. Had I had pen and paper, I would have left a note explaining the "rules of the road."
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