While Jake and I were preparing for our Yellowstone backpacking trip this summer I had done quite a bit of research and prep work about the whole bear situation there. I was extremely nervous about camping in the back country. As well as all the risks that are involved and possibilities of not just having a run in with a bear but with elk or moose. One of the things I did right before the trip was buy a new can of pepper spray since my other one was a at least five years old and doesn’t have as much umpf as a new, fresh can would to deter a bear from attacking me.
This handy, dandy bear spray came with this little booklet of “Bear Safety Tips.” I of course, saved it to read one night while we were out camping because normally those little “how to use” guides aren’t really all that helpful (which is why I didn’t read it before the trip). I brought it with us on our second night out while we were camping. We had backpacked about three miles to the campground over by Shoshone Lake. I didn’t really know it at the time, but that area is super well traveled so there aren’t really any run-ins with bears…or any other animals for that matter besides squirrels and birds.
So we hike in our three miles and enjoy a gorgeous view of the lake. It was super windy and the sun wasn’t too far from setting so we made it to the campsite about a half mile away in pretty good time. We enjoyed our nice camping meal…which we were too tired to do much cooking (read my earlier posts to see why we were so tuckered out!), so we ate our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and apples and then headed to the tent. I get out my headlamp since it really wasn’t all that late and ask Jake if he wants to hear the instruction manual for the bear spray. He says sure and I am thinking he will probably fall asleep in no time since I am reading a manual.
Lol, well that was not the case. This manual almost reads like a mini novel! I actually wanted to share the most important tidbits with you all since this ended up being the most succinct and efficient bear encounters booklet I have come across to date. With all the research I did for safety and what to do when I encounter a bear, I wish I would have read this sooner. Needless to say, the UDAP Industries, Inc did a great job! I wouldn’t suggest reading this right before bed though especially when you are in bear country camping out in a piddly little tent that won’t protect you from anything except inclement weather!
Please do share this company’s link with others you think could use the information! It is extremely useful and informative! Especially for any newbie’s or novices to the back country world!
BEAR SAFETY TIPS
Most bear encounters can be avoided, but there is always a chance of encountering a bear. Please note, nothing is 100% effective but here are some tips that can prove to be useful if you come across a big ‘ol fluffy bear.
If you can avoid areas where bears are most likely to be, you can reduce your change of a run in by quite a bit. If you can’t avoid these areas (or you don’t want to because you want to see a bear) just be extra cautious and alert when traveling through those areas.