So this one kinda deserves its own post. Me and two dudes, Solo and Rosey are hiking into Muskrat Creek Shelter about 7pm. It’s like a freakin crime scene.
There’s a giant pile of food barf on the ground. Mainly rice and carrot slices. A tent left behind the shelter, and a good number of useful things laying around the table. Water bottles, rain jacket, etc… we start thinking it was an obvious quick flee situation from a bear. We were right…
upon investigating the shelter log, this bear had terrorized the shelter for almost 8 hours straight through the night and got to all their food. But it happened here two days in a row! And whoever’s stuff this is that was abandoned didn’t have time to sign the shelter log I’m thinking… so 3 incidents
Check out these shelter notes:
So ya, we moved on and made our own camp about a mile away. Still this particular bear’s zone, but not a place he is used to taking easy food from.
I learned a much better way to hang my bear bag from Rosey, the bearded dude in the photo above. He did the PCT last year and is thru hiking the AT this year. The guy runs extremely minimal and is bound to leave us in his dust (err mud) tomorrow.
I stayed up until close to midnight with a fire I had to fight to much for. Saw two pairs of eyes scurry around out there. My two camp mates said they both heard a large bear stalking about our tents around 4am. I slept trough it. Having a real ass whip of an hour in the dark trying this new method to get my food preps right paid off. He had no reason to shred my tent. We did find this clear bear track on the trail right outside our camp area.
My next posts will be talking trail stuff I’ve gotten questioned about:
- How to find (and stay on) the trail
- Weapons on the trail
- How to properly put on a backpack.
- To pole or not to pole? No question about it…
- Animals eyes at night
- Bear bag hanging and other precautions…