[pct-l] Ursack

Scott Herriott yetifan at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 9 17:13:26 CDT 2006

I have a feeling the name may be changed to
"Ursuck" sometime soon.


--- David and Cindy <hikeon at surewest.net> wrote:

> Just wanted to share our experience and a warning,
> using the Ursack with the aluminum liner for the
> first time this summer on the JMT.  
> After reading the do's and don'ts using the canister
> we chose not to tie the Ursak to anything because
> some forest service areas have restrictions on tying
> the Ursack to any object.   At around 6:00 we
> climbed out or our tent and were surprised by a bear
>  checking out the canister and trying to smash it
> and punch it open right in front of our eyes  We
> yelled and blew our emergency whistle which caused
> the bear to take off, along with the food!!!!  We
> ran after the bear but to no avail.  Then mama bear
> came running along to escort her teenager off in the
> distance and down in the valley.  This all happened
> at Twin Lakes South of Pinchot Pass.  The bear never
> dropped the Ursack at least not in front of us. 
> Luckily there were three of us and so we shared food
> from another Ursack and a Garcia canister for the
> next 7 days.  As we went along we talked to others
> on the trail who also carried the Ursack.  They said
> they always tied the sack with a figure eight knot
> as instructed by t
>  he company.  Another good idea was bells or
> something to alarm the owner of a possible bear
> theft during the night.  
> We were 25 miles South of Red's Meadow at the Lake
> of the Lone Indian during the same week and at 3:30
> AM we heard another encounter with our food and a
> bear.  This time we had tied the Ursak to a tree
> trunk and also had put our cooking pots on top of
> the bag. It saved our food this time.  We got out to
> check after yelling loudly,   the Ursack had teeth
> marks in it but there was no puncture damage.  The
> sack was dirty and the cord that was tied was very
> taught, but a least we still had our food. 
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