Not long ago, a colleague of ours sent us some photos of his friends’ new car, which was attacked by a bear. This is his story:
While visiting family in northern Montana his colleague went hiking and left her new car parked in a parking area. The car was left unlocked. While hiking a curious bear opened one of the doors of the new car and went inside. While the bear was exploring the inside of the vehicle a gust of wind blew the door shut. It panicked. Finally, after destroying the inside of the car it broke out the back window and escaped. The lesson: lock your doors.
Being in the wilderness can be dangerous. Not just to your car, but to you as well. Here are some recommendations for a hiker of any level. Thomas Funke, an experienced hiker himself, wrote 50 Hikes In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and suggests some “bear” necessities to bring along for a good hike. He suggests carrying a daypack with (at least) these items: a map, a compass, water, extra food, extra clothes, a signal maker, a knife, a fire starter, a first aid kit, and a flashlight. You may also want to carry rope, duct tape, an extra blanket, bug spray, toilet paper, a shovel, and some sunscreen.Wear the correct footwear for your hike; backpacking or hiking boots. And follow Leave No Trace ethics.
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Camp Fire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of other visitors