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I use an Ursack for my food and usually keep it about 100 yards or so from my sleeping area at night. During the winter months do you think I still need to do this? Could I keep it in the Ursack in the vestibule? Bad idea?  Just thinking it would be nice in the cold morning to reach outside my tent and grab the bag and get some hot water boiling for breakfast and drinks rather then have to run 100 yards away in bitter cold at 6 or 7 am to retrieve the bag. What do you guys usually do?

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It's all about location and bear activity.  If I'm in a camp where I see a bear roaming around I'll make a point of hanging my food.  Lately I've been storing my food sacks in my tent vesitibule and deal with the chewing mice by a peanut-baited mouse trap.  Mice will not only explore you and your tent and your vestibule but will climb down a bear line and chew holes in your food bags.  

For 30 years I hung my food but now I guess I'm getting lazy.  Rather have my food near me in the vestibule.  I do not recommend this as acceptable practive, though, so YMMV.

Another point---hanging food bags or having food bags outside in the winter can be a mistake when you wake up in the morning after a sleet storm and your food bag is competely encrusted with frozen ice and snow.  It will look like my glove, below---


And then you have to stuff this same bag into your pack?  It's a messy proposition.


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thanks. Im not so worried about rodents getting at my food as I do use odor proof bags and an ursack...Im guessing it should be ok in the vestibule of my tent..

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It sounds like you've got a nice system with odor proof bags and an Ursack. Just to toss-out another option, depending on the possible animal issues, a person could tie a food sack (or a garbage bag with a food sack inside) to a tree and then bury it in the snow. Burying the food in snow should insulate it a bit from cold air and protect it from ice build-up. Just an idea.
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I keep my food with me in the tent in all seasons and have never had an issue.
The only places I will use a bear canister is where it's required and in grizzly country.


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I keep my food with me in the tent in all seasons and have never had an issue.
The only places I will use a bear canister is where it's required and in grizzly country.

I agree / although I do hang my food just for piece of mind , Winter hangs I just plastic bag my stuff sack of food so I dont have to worry about packing a Ice crusted stuff sack into my pack
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I always hang just for the peace of mind. Never had a bear issue nor saw one.

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