Holds approximately 6 person-days of food (ie, 3 people for 2 days; or
2 people for 3 days; or 1 person for 6 days; etc)
8.8" diameter x 12" long; walls 3/16" thick
Designed to fit into a backpack or can be attached to the outside of
a pack with an optional carrying case.
Model 812 by Garcia Machine is the newest version of the same bear resistant
food containers (bear canisters) used by the Denali, Glacier Bay and Yosemite
National Parks (the older, heavier model is no longer manufactured).
Filling jug with 2.25 inches of water
equals 2.7 lbs (1.24 kg) - the weight of the empty bear canister.
Backpackers' Cache on its side
with lid facing camera. Holds enough food for 6 person-days.
The lid locks can easily be twisted
opened by a human, but are impossible for a bear to open.
This is the locking mechanism on the
inside of the lid
Optionalcarrying case with zippered
access and webbing straps is custom made for the Backpackers' Cache
by Garcia Machine (see link in cart).
Save the Bears
These canisters manufactured by Garcia Machine protect your
food supply. This not only benefits you, but helps keep
the bears from becoming conditioned toward backpackers as a
food supply. Bears that learn that backpackers carry
easily accessible food can become increasingly aggressive in
raiding backpackers' equipment. The National Parks maintain
a policy of destroying nuisance bears that become a threat
to humans. For $69 and a weight penalty of 2.7 lbs, you
can do your part to Save the Bears. These canisters are
also useful for protecting your food from gnawing rodents and
other furry creatures that would rather chew through your backpack
than dig up a tuber.
How it works
The lid is secured by two latches that can be twisted open/closed
with a coin, key, thumb nail, etc. Leave the closed container
away from you sleeping area. If a bear finds it, do
not risk provoking the bear by attempting to take the container
away from the bear. These containers easily withstand
a bear's pawing, chewing and kicking. The bear will eventually
lose interest in it and leave it alone.