Big Bend Conservancy
What must I do to drop food out in the desert to be picked up a few days later in the park? Everyone knows I am a rule follower, and I want to follow the rules. Hypothetically of course, can I hide a Bear Vault 500 under some cactus with a bunch of food and Old Orchard "juice" in it, and keep the overloads from messing with it if they come across it?
I have heard tell of folks "hiding" a small food cache in a burlap bag that had been saturated with human smell.
You can bury it , that's an option. I have seen this done by many people who thru-hike the Hayduke trail, they bury their buckets of resupply to prevent animals from getting at them.
Soooooo.... something like this, but with our name on it? Untitled by Cookie, on Flickr
I agree that the chances of anyone stumbling upon a well-placed cache are infinitesimal. Still, strange things occur. I usually wrap my BearVault caches up in a black stuffsack and shove them deep under a creosote bush, or sometimes even a cactus. Here are a few pics of past caches.
But I think wrapping the vault inside a black bag is an invitation for someone to look inside.
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