the pta's busiest month to date ~ feb 2016 ~ 40,168 web hits
current weather @ pinhoti trail mid-point ~ s14 - 7.3 ~ cave spring trailhead
pinhoti national recreation trail / pinhoti millennium legacy trail
a 337.1 mile southern region appalachian trail connector
In case of emergencies, dial 911. This is the only public service that will know your exact location
Do phone reset first ~ go to settings / go to privacy / turn on location services
black bear safety.
Personal note: I see food storage and food safety as a social responsibility, bears should never associate humans with food.
I use a 7.5 ounce "URSACK" food bag + opsack and tie it head high to a tree.
Personal note: My Bear Safety Plan
don't camp at established campsites / shelters
don't build fires at camp
eat breakfast after you leave camp
eat supper before you reach camp
wash hands before and after eating
don't handle food in camp except to hang your food bag 100 yards from camp
(this PTA page is condensed - go to the cleverhiker link above for the full video)
Since 2000, an average of less than 3 people per year have been killed by Grizzlies and Black Bears.
The vast majority Grizzlies are located in the upper northwest and Canada.
black bear attacks.
Never allow a bear to get your food. This will cause bears to begin associating humans with food.
You are most likely to see bear activity at dawn and dusk and most likely at berry patches, acorn and nut areas, streams and sometimes around dead animals.
if you see a bear.
Stay calm and don’t run (or you can stay calm and don't run - pick either option :)
Talk calmly in a soothing tone so he/she knows you are there and knows you are a human.
Stand tall and back away slowly, continue to talk, don’t stare directly into it’s eyes even if it acts agressively by slapping at the ground, huffing with it’s mouth or making short lunges forward.
It’s very unlikely it will attack, it’s much more likely that it is nervous and trying to scare you.
If hiking with others, get together and form one group.
If a bear is acting aggressive, it may charge you.
If that happens stand your ground (or stand your ground - pick either option :)
The vast majority of bear charges are what’s known as bluff charges, where the bear is just trying to scare you - again, hold your ground and don’t run.
If you see a bear stalking you, arm yourself and be prepared to fight back.
If you are ever attacked by a bear, consider it a predatory attack. Use any weapons you can get your hands on and fight back with everything you have.