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Food protection techniques in bear country

By Andrew Skurka / December 20, 2011 / 54 Comments

Disclaimer. Ultimately you need to make your own decisions on how to protect your food in bear country. And you are fully responsible for the outcomes of those decisions. In this article I have tried to be candid and realistic, and to cut through some of the BS, red tape, and conventional wisdom that surrounds…

Bear Canister Basics

By Andrew Skurka / December 19, 2011 / 8 Comments

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 / 38 Comments

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…