Cloth Mesh Rock Sack for Bear Bagging

Small nylon mesh bags make durable rock sacks for bear bagging kits. Note white string used to repair the hole in the mesh.

The most challenging thing about hanging a bear bag is throwing a rock attached to a bear bag line over a tree limb, so you can pull your bag up into the air. Many people tie their slippery Dynaglide line to a rock using a crude knot and pray it won’t fall out when you throw it. It does though, so you have to repeat the process until you get it to work. It can be very frustrating, especially at dusk when the sun is setting or in the rain.

Many commercial bear bagging kits like the ones from Equinox or AntiGravityGear include a small silnylon rock sack that you can put your rock into instead. The problem is that these rock sacks are often too small to fit around the rocks you can obtain and they are quickly shredded when they fall to the ground. They’re difficult to repair in the field and quickly shredded again, turning into a tattered and unusable mess.

I’ve found that the nylon mesh sacks that are used to package outdoor gear, especially stoves, cook pots, and tent footprints, make much more durable rock sacks. They’re large enough to accommodate just about any rock or object you want to throw and they’re super easy to repair in the field if they get torn using a piece of spare cord or even a shoe lace. They’re also free if you hang onto them when you buy new gear. I have a big plastic tub full of them.

This isn’t a profound backpacking hack, but one that I stumbled on many years ago and that has worked well for me ever since.

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