Low Impact Bear Bags

  • Requires three 100’ x ¼” bear ropes, bear bags, a carabiner, and eight trees.
  • Fold a bear rope back on itself to create a double-lined 50’ rope and throw over the branch of a tree.
  • Pull the rope halfway over the branch.
  • Fold a second bear rope and throw over another tree branch about 20 feet away.
  • Pull the second bear rope halfway over the branch.
  • Connect the two bear ropes by using a weight bearing carabiner through the center loops.
  • Feed the third bear rope halfway through the carabiner.
  • Tie bear bags to alternating sides of the carabiner.
  • Pull the first two ropes and wrap the two ends of each line to separate trees while using sticks just like with normal bear lines.
  • Tie oops bags near the center loop of the third bear rope.
  • Pull up the third bear rope and wrap each end around unused trees. Use sticks between the rope and the bark just like with normal bear ropes.


About Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.