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Counter Balance Bear Hang


Counter Balance Food Hang

Counter Balance Food Hang

How to hang food using the counter balance with retrieval cord method.

Pick appropriate tree and branch. In bad bear areas a proper tree may dictate where you camp. As you near timber line there may not be tall enough trees, so you must plan ahead. The limb should be about 20+ feet from the ground. Higher is better as bears are less likely to jump off a limb onto the bags if they know they will take a long fall. The bags should hang about 10′ out from the tree. Where the rope goes over the limb, the diameter of the limb should be about the size of your wrist or smaller. Larger and they can climb out the limb, smaller and they can break or chew through the limb. Some bears can get any food hang too. Check with local authorities about food storage methods. Food hangs work best with wild bears that have some fear of humans.

Camping with groups, we had to hang as much as 200 lbs of food each evening. It can take several hours, and several trees, to do it right for that much food. A bear resistant canister may be a safer and easier choice for some folks.

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Hear are some custom food hang bags by Oware. Ultralight silnylon and noseeum net made for BackpackingLight.com, and heavy Cordura ones made for various Outdoor Schools.
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Note the bright orange throw sacks for holding a rock when setting up, and the cord when not in use. Orange is easier to find if you have a bad throw.

The heavy bags use a reflective loop on the bottom (for a retrieval cord) that can be quickly seen at night with a flashlight when checking for suspicious bear like sounds.

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Customer FlatTarp set up Photos


Grateful to a customer who sent these photos of a FlatTarp set up at several campsites.CustomerFlatTarpPhotos

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Pyramid Tarp, Set Up


Pyramid, Stakes, Adjustable Pole

Pyramid, Stakes, Adjustable Pole

Zip and buckle bottom before staking out

Zip and buckle bottom before staking out

Stake out the four corners. Use a small loop of replaceable cord so wear from rough stake edges will not damage the tent web tie outs.

Stake out the four corners. Use a small loop of replaceable cord so wear from rough stake edges will not damage the tent web tie outs.

Stake corners in a perfect square and slightly stretched. This prevents a diamond staking pattern which will cause one corner to be up in the air.

Stake corners in a perfect square and slightly stretched. This prevents a diamond staking pattern which will cause one corner to be up in the air.

Doors can be tied back and pole inserted after the 4 corners are staked out

Doors can be tied back and pole inserted after the 4 corners are staked out

Additional tie outs can be staked around the hem and the upper center tie outs can be used to gain headroom in windy or heavy snow conditions.

Additional tie outs can be staked around the hem and the upper center tie outs can be used to gain headroom in windy or heavy snow conditions.

A green branch can be used instead of a tent pole sometimes.

A green branch can be used instead of a tent pole sometimes.

Two wooden poles can be lasted to hold the tarp up from outside.

Two wooden poles can be lasted to hold the tarp up from outside.

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What are these growing under a cedar tree?


Found these growing on The Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge

Plant starts of what

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Bike rack for pickup


A simple back rack for a pickup bed. Made using either an
extra hub quick release with two angle braces and a piece of tubing for a spacer or commercial attachments. Having them screwed to a board which is loose in the truck bed, makes it easy to put the bikes
on while on the tailgate. Then you can slide the whole thing to the positions you
want and a couple of straps held everything in place.

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Neo Bivy Now available


Now here. New bivy with side zip and room for a Neo Air pad along with a thick down bag and you.

Various fabrics.

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http://shop.bivysack.com/product.sc?productId=101&categoryId=2

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Loved your Pyramid on the JMT.


Jim–

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Quick Release Tautline Hitch


A better Tautline Hitch

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Tarp Shelter Set Up Options


From our friends at Equipped.org. Extensive article on using tarps to make shelters.
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Super Tarps


“Hi Dave…

I wanted to share these pictures with you! These these tarps have been dubbed SUPER TARPS!!! They are working great. Thanks for your willingness to go BIG!

Cheers,

Aaron”

Custom sizes available
These photos show tarps 24X30 feet.
Largest made to date 70X90 feet.

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