Field test

on 19 April 2009

One night in the Smokies was all it took to see if my bear canister
worked. Around midnight several of us woke to a loud growl as a couple
bears strolled into camp. I could hear them batting and scraping the
canister but they couldn't gain access to my 4 day food supply. They
mangeled it pretty good though and i found it about 75 meters from
where I placed it. Welcome to the Smokies!

32 comments:

Miss Coffey said...

CHAD! You're scaring me! Were you scared? Did they eat everyone else's food?

Anonymous said...

Please take care of yourself and be careful. Bears are extremely dangerous, as you well know. Keep going! We miss you here in Groton.

Anonymous said...

Holy cow!!! How long did you manage to find it?

D//

Paul Wiech said...

WOW that thing is beat!! Hmmmmm, the wise old sage said get some trekking poles and agreed with the extra weight of the bear canister!

jcvannoy said...

I was wondering if you've had any encounters with bears yet. Glad your Bear Canister did it's job!

Julie said...

SO GLAD you had a bear cannister to protect your food supply! Did your hiking companions also have cannisters? Very exciting news - glad all is well. Mr. Wiech and I bought you some snacks today. We will try to get a small care package to you on the April 30th mail drop - any requests? Also, do you need us to send you a self-addressed stamped manilla envelope or flat-rate box to use to send your letters home so you don't have to carry them around? Or can you get those at the POs. Let us know what you need. Julie

David Makar said...

Wow! Glad you are safe!

Anonymous said...

you should spray paint it day-glo orange so you can find it when the bears are done playing soccer

Anonymous said...

how was the rondevous with Kevin and Lucy? How are they holding up?

Anonymous said...

Hi, this is Ms. Kirby's class. This is the first post we've read! We have some questions for you. Did you see what kind of bears they were? And how big and how many were there? Was it scary? Did anyone get hurt? Was it exciting and cool? How close were they to you? Who were you camping with and did the bears try to get their food too? Thank you for taking the time to answer all of our questions!

Anonymous said...

hey how are you doing . how are your friends. are youor with yuor friend that has the dog and how are you guys doing. AH

Anonymous said...

Now that we are back in school, we have been reading about your trip. Thank you for telling us all about it. We hope you are having fun. how are you doing? Do you miss Groton? We will keep reading about you.
Mrs. Grieger's class

Anonymous said...

This is Mrs. Mulhern's class. We have some questions about the bears getting to your cannister. Did Skoob see them too? Were you chased by them? What kind of bears were they? Were you or Skoob scared?

Anonymous said...

several of you? how many sleep in a shelter at once? That sounds fun

Ms. B. said...

What about you in the tent?!? Do you just hunker down into your sleeping bag and think if you can't see the bear, he can't see you? (That's what I did with monsters in the night....)

Anonymous said...

Hi! I hope you are having fun.I am also having fun.I am glad it worked. You are far.I think it is cool you saw a bear.cool!I am glad it worked.They found it but they couldn't get into ityour food.Thank you.          from,          macy

Brooke T said...

Hi,this is Brooke T. I think it's cool that bears came into your camp. Do you think that bears might go into your camp again? Have safe travel.

Ms. Pratt said...

Wow....what a good thing to have had! Happy hiking!

McKayla Pollack and Peyton Holl said...

Hey Mr. Devoe,

I see your bear canister got chewed up. I didn't think it would last long anyway( no effents). So hows the weather. I see you've gotten pretty far for 3 weeks. I have also seen that you have a big appitite as well as your boiler. Well I see you later have fun.

Anonymous said...

Hi, this is Mrs. Levine's class. We're wondering if Skoob is okay after the bear incident? How many states have you walked in so far? Can you get any food from the wild? Fish? Berries?

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

HI. THIS IS AUSTIN AND ANDREW. HOW MENY BARES WERE THERE?

Anonymous said...

Hi ms.devoe,this is catherine and v.e. were you scared to see the bear?How is the weather?what foods are you eating?Have you seen any bears?What is scoob eating?good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hi, this is Andrew R. from Mrs. Levines class. You are lucky that the bear can worked and saved your food.

Good luck on the trail! I'm having fun watching your journey, stay safe from the bears!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I still think you should paint it orange

Anonymous said...

WoW

must Be bad
From
katilynn o

Anonymous said...

Hi mr.Devoe do you think that the bears will get smarter to get the food out of the barel from Jake

Anonymous said...

Hi, Mrs. Winney's class here. We're wondering how far from where you sleep do you keep your bear canister? Do you keep it away from everything else?

Dylan says Roy is doing well!

Take care

Anonymous said...

Wow!How did that that thing survive after a couple bears attacked it?

Anonymous said...

Hi it is one of Groton students.I can not belive that the bearcan took alout of bear.hope you are having fun so

Anonymous said...

Hi hope your fine just wondering if you ran into any more trouble?

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh,that is freaky.

Anonymous said...

how r u doing? r u having fun yet? iam.school is going good.yesterday my class went on a field trip 2 The Johnson art Muesum in Cornell,it was fun.wow you've gone really farin the last couple of days yay.keep up the good work. we all miss u at groton school. Paige/Kathleen/Alexis

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