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Bear Canister Basics

By Andrew Skurka / December 19, 2011 /

Bear canisters are hard-sided plastic or carbon fiber cylinders with a removable lid that is designed to protect its contents (namely, food and other scented items) from bears. The canister’s shape, hardness, and lid seal mechanism (which require opposable fingers to open/close) make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for bears to access the canister’s…

The 5,000-calories-per-day wilderness diet

By Andrew Skurka / April 9, 2010 /

McGrath, Alaska My outdoor diet has been honed through years of experience and over 30,000+ miles. It might not work for everybody, but it works for me, at least right now. Considerations in Food Items It is difficult to find food items that are compatible with a long-term trip. Below are the most important factors…