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Skills: How to Throw a Rock

Stealth camping can be a fun, free and adventurous part of bike touring.  It’s a great way to save money and avoid crowded campgrounds and expensive motels.  Bear bagging is a necessary skill for anyone spending a night outdoors, but before you can hang your bag, you will need to learn to throw a rock.  People have been throwing rocks for fun and profit since the dawn of man and you’d think we would have perfected it by now.  But no; we are still plagued by the same pitfalls that our hairier ancestors faced.

This video illustrates what I’m talking about.

I’ve hung many bear bags over the years and here are a few tips to make the task easier:

  •  Set reasonable goals.  Choose limbs that you have a reasonable chance of throwing over.  The limb doesn’t need to be the highest one in the tree.  It does need to be big enough to support the weight of your food, be clear of branches you may get tangled on and higher than a bear is tall.
  • Choose smaller rocks.  The rock only needs to weigh more than the line attached to it.
  • Put your rock in a glove or sock and then tie the line to the garment using a half-hitch or slip knot.  This makes attaching the rock much easier.  If you camp alot, consider sewing a small pouch just for this purpose.
  • Use a water proof bag.  Not only will it keep your food dry, it will help mask the scent of your food.

 Please share any tips or experience you may have.

 Thanks, Jack

Hanging a bear bag

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