Backpack camping in North America
is one of the greatest adventures you can experience.
The plethora of trail backpacking and backpack tours
that you can take advantage of make it an ideal way
to enjoy nature.
With awe-inspiring scenery and exciting trails, you
can be sure that backpack camping will be something
you will remember for a lifetime. Be careful, though.
As enjoyable as it might be, look for the possible dangers
that surround you during your backpack camping adventure.
The United States and Canada are home to a wide variety
of wildlife. Many backpack tours are specifically geared
towards giving tourists an up close view of these animals.
Trail backpacking on your own will also bring you into
contact with much of the wildlife as well - and some
of these encounters are ones you may not want.
Bears are North America's largest and most unpredictable
predator. You can find bears in the northernmost tip
of Canada and Alaska to as far as the deep South of
the United States. While bear attacks are considered
rare, they still happen and you have to be prepared
should you find yourself in this situation.
There are three basic reasons that cause of bear attacks
while trail backpacking or during backpacking tours:
One - the bear is caught by surprise; two - you've run
into a female bear with cubs; three - the bear smells
food near you.
Backpacking through the woods and staying as quiet as
you can sounds like a great idea. After all, you want
to see the wildlife before it runs away, right? Howver,
unless you're hunting, moving through bear territory
quietly while trail backpacking can be dangerous.
If you should suddenly appear in front of a bear at
close range, the bear is going to be startled and angry.
Make noise, talk, sing, or rattle cow bells as you hike
to give the bear fair warning that you are in its territory.
The bear will hear you and move off. The denser the
area, the more noise you need to make. Bears have very
poor eyesight, and they won't see you coming through
Bears can be a cute animal no matter what their size.
Bear cubs appear adorable and cuddly and you might even
have the urge to pet the beautiful adult bears. Unfortunately,
bear cubs and bears are something you need to stay away
If you encounter them during your backpacking tour -
stay away! Adult bears are highly protective of their
cubs and they will charge you if you approach them.
Be assured that the cubs are not lost. Their mama is
always keeping watch over them.
A backpacking tour might take you a few days, so your
trip will include camping overnight. Bears might not
be able to see very well, but they have an amazing sense
of smell and they will definitely sniff out any food
that you have with you.
If you have food hidden anywhere in your gear or tent,
they will find it. To help keep them away from your
campsite, hang the food in a tree at least fifteen feet
off the ground away from the campsite. Be sure to hang
it in the middle of a branch where a climbing bear won't
be able to get to it.
Taking some extra precautions during your backpack camping
excursion will only add to your excitement and good
memories. Knowing the dangers that you could possibly
encounter could be a life-saving technique. If you have
any doubts about the safety of something in the wilderness,
always err on the side of caution and stay away from
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