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Old 08-11-2011, 09:20 AM
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I only wear waders in the park 1% of the time. This was an October trip where it had already snowed the week before. Water temps were between 44-46.

I have no intention of taking waders on this trip

Just want to avoid the mice

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Old 08-11-2011, 10:10 AM
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I bought a bear food storage canister, mostly because of problems with mice and use it to store my food whenever I hike in the Smokies. A few years ago I had a mouse get into my food when it was hung on the bear cables and don't want to ever have a repeat of that. I went with a Bear Vault canister and have been very happy with it. I would recommend it highly except that it does add a little weight to your gear...
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:29 AM
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I have heard good things about the Ursack products...
http://www.ursack.com/ursack-catalog.htm
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:44 AM
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Thanks guys. Does anyone local stock them? I might order one for a future trip, but unless I could find one locally, I might have to just chance it.

Thanks again for all your responses. Your answers were exactly what I was looking for.
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:21 PM
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I think I saw the bear vault canister or a similar product (by counterassault, maker of a bear spray as well) at Gander Mountain.
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Old 08-11-2011, 05:58 PM
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After 3 employees were unable to find it, I finally found it. But at 3 pounds, and over $100 once you buy the cover, I decided to pass.

River Sports, and Blue Ridge had nothing also.

I will order one of those steel mesh bags for a future trip. At $30 and 6 ounces it seems to make more sense for the Smokies.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:59 PM
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I got the Rat Sack several years ago and have been happy with it. They are a little pricey but should last a long time. They also hold more than you think they would.

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Old 08-11-2011, 10:15 PM
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Have you ever tried just hanging the food using a tin can lid as a rat guard? Red squirrels are just as bad as mice about getting into hanging food. I always keep my pack in the tent with me.
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Old 08-12-2011, 07:28 AM
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flyman has the best idea with the tin can lid........we used aluminum pie plates with holes in the center for the rope.Tie in about 5 feet above the pack. Works in the jungle and the boonies.
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:59 AM
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The tin can lid is a good idea. I have also used opsak's that you can order online. They are big ziploc bags that are expensive at $10 a peice but you can put your food in it and sleep with it. Don't have to worry about bears or mice since they can't smell the food through the bag. Won't help you for this weekend though.
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