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Brad's Teacher Writing November 4, 1999

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How to Make a Bear Hang
(The Process Paragraph)

     Hikers need to follow certain steps in order to hang their food safely away from bears. This procedure is critical since a bear has a good sense of smell, but poor eyesight, and so may come looking for food inside your tent in the middle of the night. The first step is to gather all the camp food together into sturdy nylon bags. Hikers must even empty their pockets of treats and brush their teeth so that they can put every attractive item in these bags. At the same time, someone with a good knowledge of trees looks for a sturdy limb at about 4 to 6 meters above the ground. The branch must be strong enough to hold the weight of the food while, at the same time, be low enough to throw a rope over. In addition, there must be a sturdy rock or tree nearby to tie off the rope. Throwing the rope is next and is easier to accomplish if a rock or stick is attached to one end. It usually takes a few tries before the rope is successfully thrown over and the other end returned to the ground. At this point, a careful camper asks again if everyone has put all their food in the bags. If so, he or she ties one end of the rope tightly to all the bags. Then, the hikers work together to raise the food to a good height. It is easier if one person stands under the bags and pushes with a long stick while the others pull on the rope. When the food is high enough, the rope is tied to the nearby rock or tree. Now, everyone can return to the campfire to sit and tell stories before heading to bed. Bears are unpredictable creatures, so a good “bear hang” is essential when travelling in the mountains.

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