Bear Canisters (Mostly Required) in Olympic National Park

I often get asked if a bear container is needed for backcountry overnight camping. The answer is yes in most cases. Most of the popular areas require you to store food in a bear canister at all times the food is left unattended (i.e. when you're sleeping or leave food behind at camp). The Olympic National Park Rangers can be pretty strict about this. Even asking you to go home in extreme cases!

What the Heck is a Bear Canister?


A Bear Container is a hard cylinder {affiliate link} shaped object to keep critters out. The canister usually has a lid on one end, that opens by turning locking screws or turning it like a peanut butter jar. Generally they have been tested and certified by actual bears, before being allowed into the National Park system. Mostly, they are really good at keeping mice out of your food!


Black Bear
Black Bear in the Olympic Mountains

Food Resupply in Olympic National Park

The Olympic Mountains are a popular destination for overnight hikers. The Olympic National Park backcountry hold a lot of possibilities for different types of camping. Most do their adventures in a weekend (one or two nights), but every so often there are a select few that want to go on a large Olympic Expedition type trip. Staying in the woods for that many nights, takes a lot of food! So I will share my backpacking food experiences with you through the years to help shorten your learning curve.



food
Breakfast in the Olympic Mountains (added fresh picked wild blueberries)

Keep From Getting Cold Feet (Minimalism in Snow)

I often get asked about wearing minimalist footwear in winter. "How do your feet not freeze"? So thought I'd talk about some thoughts and tips on this topic, to help answer those questions. Here are my thoughts!


Feet in Snow
Night Hiking in Snow Wearing Minimalist Sandals


Many Moods of Hurricane Ridge (Webcam)

We are lucky to have a webcam at Hurricane Ridge. These webcams can be accessed anytime, with anyone with an internet connection. People from all over the world use this valuable resource, to glimpse into the Olympic National Park.

Time of year, weather and position of the sun. Keeps the Olympic Mountains always looking different. This makes it a dream for photography. Let's look at a few moments frozen into time.


Hurricane Ridge
Winter at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park