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Old 08-10-2011, 12:56 PM
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Smile Any advice for avoiding mice at backcountry sites?

I'm going to 47 this weekend. I'm usually more of a day trip guy, but I got a hall pass, and I'd be stupid not to use it.

Last time I stayed at Poke Patch a mouse chewed up my waders.

I separate all food on different hanger, and leave all of my zippers open in other backpack so they don't chew to get in.

Someone suggested to me that the waders probably smelled like fish, so that might have been my problem.

I used to spend quite a bit of time in the backcountry and thought I was taking all the neccessary precautions, but wondered if there were some tricks, or tips others might share.

A friend of mine who spends extensive time in the backcountry said he never has a problem, but then again he only eats mountain house and cliff bars. So should I just avoid smelly foods?

Thanks in advance,
James

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Old 08-10-2011, 01:39 PM
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take a rattlesnake and let it guard your gear?

I haven't had a problem with mice, and I tend to take real food rather than freeze dried, so I don't know if that is why, but I hang pretty much everything up at night too. Maybe it had something to with the site you staying at? I can't imagine mice wanting to eat waders, even if they smelled good to them, unless they were starving.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:01 PM
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I've never had a problem with mice, except at shelters and once at a front country site.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:19 PM
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take a rattlesnake and let it guard your gear?
Even though we will be passing the Snake handling church on Big Cove Rd on the way in, and could most likely secure a good rattler, I don't think I will follow your advice

Hopefully it was just a random incident and my precautions will be adequate.

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Old 08-10-2011, 03:26 PM
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Several years ago at 24 my son and I had mice get into all of our hanging gear...in some instances chewed through 3 layers of pack material to get at unopened food....was back at 24 in June and no sign of any mice what so ever....only wet wade so no experience with waders....know there are some mouse proof containers out there for the food....might want to try and hand your waders from a tree away from the cable hangs...sure these little urchins have learned to associate the cables with food.
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:27 PM
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I stayed at 39 last year with a friend and we both were eating mtn house and assorted snacks. We both hung our packs on the same hang with food in stuff sacks inside. When we got up the next morn mice had ate through his backpack, stuffsack, and ate part of his food. Mine was untouched. Kind of like fishing sometimes its just luck or lack of it that dictates. On a side note since then I have also switched away from mtn house and do all real food with no other problems but I don't think it would matter mice probably aren't too particular. Have fun though man I am jealous!
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Old 08-10-2011, 04:40 PM
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Let me know how things go if you would. planning on hitting up 47 next month. jgattaway@gmail.com

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Old 08-10-2011, 07:37 PM
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Take a cat and tie it up next to your food? Hang your stuff between two trees? I think you can hang it up out of the way.
Never had a mouse problem but did have a raccoon visit a few nights at what is now the KOA. We made the mistake of leaving candy on the table. Dog tracked him and we found a bunch of wrappers behind a tree. Bet he had some digestive problems! He kept coming back; even tried to reach into the oven where we were keeping our bread. We heard a cover come off a storage box and first thought was a bear; nope, it was the raccoon. Scared him and he never returned. Ahhhh, for life in the wilderness!
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Computer screwed up and I can't edit. We put mothballs out one time that KOA had a problem with skunks. We saw one head for our campsite and make a detour.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:46 AM
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We usually do our backpacking in the spring/summer/fall so we can wade wet and don't have to pack waders in. So I can't help with that problem. But we bought one of these. http://www.armoredoutdoorgear.com/ It's a little pricy, but well worth it. We bought the smaller one and it's good for two people for several days worth of food.
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