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I was surprised not to find too many articles on bear bagging methods on this forum. It could be to the fact I am not using the correct wording in my search. So I'll take the opportunity to ask...
In the past our group of about 6-8 people head out to the BWCA on our annual canoeing/hiking/fishing adventure. To do this we went through a outfitter who supplied all of our needs. After doing this for a few times we figured out that we could supply our own equipment (except the canoes) for a much cheaper price. Therefore, everyone is responsible for various items that we will need. One of those items I am responsible for is the bear bag.
In the past we used the old counterbalance method using heavy ropes and pullies. This required several of us to get our mess bags (Duluth Packs or Dry Packs) up in the air and usually took several "trial and errors" to get them up to a reasonable height from black bears and rodents...
Since I am now responsible I have just learned that there are other methods! Some seem much easier and lighter. One would be the PCT Method (I do own several biners and Spectra 725 line) and another version is called the Marrison Haul System (looks like paracord would be the solution for that one). I am not sure if any of these methods would meet our needs or if I should just go back to the counterbalance method.
I also understand that most would just recommend going with a Bear canister and not worry about hanging, but with such a large group I was worried about weight and lugging the canister(s) over several portages.
So I ask for advise from the experts...what would you do?