It’s Camping Season! Bear Necessities

May 15th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Camping - (Comments Off on It’s Camping Season! Bear Necessities)
Bears can be creative - and aggressive - when foraging for human food

Bears can be creative – and aggressive – when foraging for human food; protect your supplies with a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

A bear needs to make its living in the world, just like we all do. When times get hard in the mountains, self-respecting bears head to the lowlands, foraging for food and water. And if human beings are kind enough to bring some food into the wilderness, well, that’s all the better for the bear.

Take, for example, the 3-day rafting trip my friends and I took on the Deschutes River. Two days into it and we were having a wonderful time. We’d raft all day, dip and splash in the cool water when we got hot, eat a marvelous meal at our campsite, raise a few glasses to our great adventure, and sing around the fire until we dropped into happy sleep.

Not only were we happy, we were clever. Before we went to bed, we put all our food into our raft and anchored it 10 feet out into the river, safe from bears on the prowl for hamburgers and potato chips. Or so we thought.

On the third day, we woke to find our raft safely bobbing in the river’s current. We also found a bear, sitting in the raft, enjoying a hearty breakfast from our stores of food.

Protect your supplies from all the elements with a super durable polymer cargo box from StowAway

Protect your supplies from all the elements with a super durable polymer cargo box from StowAway

As you can see, it’s important to protect your supplies – food and otherwise – when you’re camping in the wilderness. One of the best ways I’ve found to do that is with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier, which conveniently attaches to the bag of my rig.

Unbeatable in durability, StowAway Cargo Carriers have survived car accidents, blizzards, tailgate parties and even a few wild animals because they are constructed from the highest-quality materials. The StowAway boxes are molded with a super durable polymer, the same material used to mold high-performance whitewater kayaks. They have twice the wall thickness of some competitive boxes and are designed to take a beating without cracking. To test this theory, StowAway backed a delivery van over the lid of a box. The results: not a single crack.

With 16 cubic feet of storage and 200 pounds of carrying capacity, the MAX Cargo Carrier is StowAway’s largest and most popular cargo carrier. Made of high-impact polymer, the Max Box is durable and roomy. The MAX cargo carrier includes taillights, side reflectors, a lock and weep holes for wet weather. Available on StowAway’s patented SwingAway frame or fixed frame.

Included With Your StowAway MAX Base Package:

  • Max Cargo Box
  • SwingAway or Fixed Frame
  • Lockable Lid
  • Taillights with Wrap-Around Reflectors
  • License Plate Bracket
  • Hitch Tightener

When we were stranded on the river’s shore, with a bear taking up residence in our raft, we were very lucky. Other revelers on the river saw our predicament and rescued us, sharing their food and giving each of us a ride out of the canyon. I know I won’t always be this lucky. So now I plan ahead and protect my gear and supplies with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.