Backcountry Bear Basics: The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Unpleasant Encounters, 2nd Edition

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The Mountaineers Books, Oct 20, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 175 pages
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* Practical strategies for avoiding dangerous bear encounters
* Debunks commonly held myths about people and bears
* Provides tested strategies to help you avoid conflict with black bears and grizzlies

Bear expert Dave Smith gives you the basics -- like how to choose a good campsite and properly store your food so that you don't have to worry whether that pepper spray you brought will work on the bear that wanders into camp. He debunks commonly held myths about people and bears. For instance, menstruating women don't have to stay out of bear country, he says. And no, don't roll up in a ball when faced with a charging bear. So much of conventional wisdom about bears is often just plain bad advice; Smith tells you what you should do instead and why. He also reviews specific outdoor activities -- from fishing to mountain biking to hiking with young children to trail running -- assessing the likelihood of bear encounters and suggesting tactics for coping in different settings and situations.

This second edition incorporates new research (Do bear bells work? Does tent color or shape make a difference in attracting bears?) and adds more charts and sidebars to make material accessible at a glance. Smith provides key information on bear behavior and biology to help you understand, rather than fear, this most misunderstood animal.

This book is in the Mountaineers Outdoor Basics series.


 

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Contents

FIRST THINGS FIRST HYGIENE
1
GETTING YOUR GLAM ON IN THE AMAZON
16
EATING OUTSIDE
43
CAMPING IT UP
74
ENTERTAINING AT CAMP BETTY
91
WILD THING I THINK I LOVE YOU
107
LETS GET PHYSICAL
124
THE WILD LIFE
152
BETTY THE WILDERNESS WONDER WOMAN
169
GLOSSARY
174
RESOURCES
180
BACK COVER MATERIAL
182
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About the author (2006)

Naturalist DAVE SMITH has worked in Yellowstone, Glacier, Denali and Glacier Bay National Parks, including a six-year stint as a winter keeper in the snowbound heart of Yellowstone. He now guides for an Alaskan adventure travel company during the summer. He resides in Arizona.

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