Here at BearVault, we love when people ask good questions that challenge the status quo. That’s exactly what Dan Hu, author for Backpacker Magazine, did in his newest piece “Is It Time to Retire the Bear Hang for Good?“
In more and more places across the United States and Canada, land managers and folks recreating in the backcountry are reevaluating the harm caused by hanging food. In addition to damaging trees, taking a ton of time, and being darn-near-impossible to execute properly, bears have outsmarted “properly” hung food time and time again. Responsible individuals are recognizing their responsibility to be stewards of landscapes and protect bears even before human bear conflicts reach crisis levels where canisters are mandated.
What old food storage methods do you need to update? Perhaps you’re a bear canister super-fan and can share this with a friend who needs to retire their bear hang.
Is It Time to Retire the Bear Hang for Good?
Top image courtesy of USFS Photo Collection