Motto camping 101. Lesson learned

Discussion in 'Canada' started by devildogg, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Out in the middle of nowhere somewhere with a breeze at your back let it rip. See how long it discharges and how 'far' it sprays.
    Are you impressed by the performance? Please post the results.
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  2. devildogg

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    Well BB I don't expect to much bear trouble when I am riding I carry it for when I am camping in the wilderness. I grew up in a small town in the Northern rockies and have had many bear encounters, grizzly and black, I have come to understand the best bear deterrent, is between your ears. The can does come out of the pannier when I camp though
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  3. devildogg

    devildogg Long timer

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    Oh yeah Tip #4 Don't do this off your back deck in the middle of winter :bash on a cold day, just sayin :)
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  4. mroddis

    mroddis Been here awhile Supporter

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    I have a “smelly” and non-smelly pannier. The smelly one has my food, cooking, dishes etc. The other has anything that comes in my tent so the bear spray lives in that one.

    Always worried about stuff exploding or spilling. Just picked up a Wolfman fuel holder for that reason. Testing it out this weekend....

    M
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  5. devildogg

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    ^^^ +1, now :)
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  6. borscht zanetti

    borscht zanetti Pura Vida ! ... eh?

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    At first I thought the smelly one was the Gobi I used to carry my used Attends ... was worried you might want a refund M !
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  7. mroddis

    mroddis Been here awhile Supporter

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    ^^^ Hahahahaha!
    Maybe that's why my oatmeal always tastes a little......interesting.....

    M.
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  8. revitup

    revitup Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info. AND here's another NO NO, those Monster drinks. I had one of those cans blow. Makes for a very stick mess.
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  9. bikerbob

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    Same goes for beer cans!!
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  10. ToothDocJay

    ToothDocJay Been here awhile

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    I wonder if anyone else ever tried using bear spray like bug repellent before?
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  11. ACR

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    They allegedly make a spectacular bang when introduced to extreme heat.
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  12. Ymirtrials

    Ymirtrials Long timer Supporter

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    I bet it works better than trying to use bug repellent as bear spray.....:lol3
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    flipflopdog Youth & Talent, no match 4 Old Age & Treachary

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    Hello all on this thread, I read with a focused mind on matters here as I'm Canada bound next year with an attempt on the TCAT full east to west, 4 month estimated trip. Can you guys enlighten me with some 'Bear' spray related info please..?? I've read a few Bear attack books and know a few do's & don'ts while camping etc but know nothing with respect to the spray other than it's a pepper based deterrent.
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  14. devildogg

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    Here is some general bear safety do's and don'ts http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/misc/bears/ and don't let anyone scare you, yes you have to be careful but I have worked played and recreated in the backcountry in western Canada all my life and have had a encounters without issues, bear attacks do happen but are very very rare considering the number of people that are out there nowadays

    How to use bear spray
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  15. shuswap1

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    devildogg's experience is similar to my own, although I'm not much of a camper I've come across more than 200 bears and at least 50 cubs in the wild without an issue...other than one who stood its ground. It was I who did the retreating in that particular case as I suspect she was a Mom and we came upon her very quickly with little warning. I do carry bear spray and suggest you do also, keeping it fairly handy and be practiced and familiar with its operation.
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  16. Bigbob1

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    I zip tie my bear spray to the handle bars if on my KLR and in the top trunk on my Wing. I get it out each time I stop, even it it's just a piss stop. I have a short plastic tube that it fits in to protect it in the trunk

    We shoot off our expired bear spray so my wife and buddy's can get used to it. The expired spray doesn't seem to spray as far or as wide in my experience.
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  17. Captain Excellent

    Captain Excellent Stay weird, or you'll be normal like everyone else

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    Have fun on the TCAT
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  18. SK_in_AB

    SK_in_AB LOOKin to GS

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    One tip in bear spray I learned from an outdoor guide. If you use it leave the empty can in the woods away from the trail. After a while the pepper sting/smell will fade to a nice attractive food type door. If you carry your empty bear spray can back with you it can become an attractant for bears. Ironically reversing its intended purpose. This is the only exception to the parks Canada rule of bring out everything you take in.
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  19. Ymirtrials

    Ymirtrials Long timer Supporter

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    I think you will find that is not only a Parks Canada rule, if you are in the backcountry and don't pack out everything you pack in you are doing something wrong.
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  20. Mike Ryder

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    A friend had a bear spray can in a bag on the back of her bike. The bag shifted so it was resting on the muffler.
    Boom! It blew her bag to bits and fogged every thing. Not happy.
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