Hittin' the Trails
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada.
Food Storage Options - Hanging food
Apologize if this has been covered, i took a look through the forum using search but didn't find what i was looking for.
Do a lot of backpacking in BC and AB, bears are an obvious concern, but birds and squirrels are actually more real.
Generally use the provided bear hangs or lockers if available, or use milspec paracord and do a bear hang.
Late last year using this method a pesky squirrel some how climbed down the line and chewed through the silnylon stuffsack everything was in and ended up ruining about half the food.
I don't really want to drop $70 on a URsack bear bag or go to a bear canister. Hanging seems to work well from the actual bears...
Are there things people do to combat the pesky rodents? I was debating going to a thinner cord line high strength fishing line, though i dont know if that would handle 15lbs+ of food, and would be tough on hands. The thinner cord would provide no grip ability to rodents trying to climb down. The other option was maybe take an empty can or bottle, poke a hole in the bottom, run the paracord through the bottle with a small knot on the bottom to stop it sliding down to the bag, rig that up creating a barrier thats go no grip for the squirrel to climb down and hopefully stops them.
I'd like to keep something generally lightweight and simple, i see no reason why i need to add lots of volume or weight to combat this issue.