Originally Posted by kantuckid
Most of us that camp in bear country are still around.
I think your odds are pretty good unless you do something utterly stupid.
Originally Posted by Flashmo
You won't keep the bears away...bears are bears...
Keep a clean camp and 95% of your problems are taken care of. Cook away from the tent, store food away from the tent, brush your teeth away from the tent, apply deodorant away from the tent, keep sweaty riding gear away from the tent.
...make sure you can run faster than your riding partner...if you have one.
+1 on these observations. Bears are attracted to an easy food source. Don't make it easy and your odds are good. I have spent some time in the Bob Marshall Wilderness where the bears use the trails as do we - travel corridors. Unnerving to see more bear tracks than horses or humans on some trails. Sleep in clean cloths away from all food/food smells and greasy clothing and you will be OK.
06 TE 610; 98 DR 650 - Sold: a past pleasure
02 XT225 - Wifey's ride
So I'm packing my bags for the Misty Mountains
Over the hills where the spirits fly,
I really don't know.