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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 ...
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.
Posted July 12, 2014
Posted May 6, 2011
This was a light book about camping. It's true most of the information in here is either silly or stuff most people know -- but as a very novice camper (I'm more of an "indoors girl") I actually learned a lot. Not least of all, I learned how to look cute and be a domestic goddess in the woods.
I loved it and now feel like my knowledge of the great indoors is on par with every other first-time outdoorswoman.
Posted March 21, 2005
This book gives you much more than the basics on hiking and camping safely in bear country. Backcountry Bear Basics includes tips you won't find in other books or government brochures. It provides a wealth of accurate information on the much abused topic of bear behavior. It challenges conventional wisdom about bears--never look a bear in the eye, all bears are unpredictable--and author Dave Smith really did his research; he backs his arguments with scientific studies and testimony from experts like Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game biologist Larry Aumiller. It's clear Smith has years of experience around bears, but he doesn't toot his own horn. This book is written with humor and style. It's the #1 book on bears.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.