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PCT Method – Hanging a Bear Bag

Affectionately known by the lightweight hiking underground as the “PCT Method” (presumably because it was first used by long distance hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail), a bear bag hanging method exists that is lighter, requires less rope, offers the benefits of counterbalancing, is easier to set up, and offers simple and quick hanging and retrieval of your food.

You can make your own system quite easily by assembling the following components:

* Food storage bag
* 40 feet of hanging rope
* Keychain carabiner
* Small stuff sack for a rock (“rock sack”)
* Pencil-sized twig about 4-6 inches long.

Bryan DeLay has 30 years experience in the backcountry and shows us in this video produced by, the PCT method of properly hanging a bear bag. Bryan also is a lightweight backpacker and understands that the PCT method can sometimes be the most effective way. and quickest way when your looking for the perfect limb to hang your bag.

How do hand your food bag?



  • Richard Davidian

    An ingenious method of keeping your food from bears. The best I’ve seen.

    • 8:18 pm - May 26, 2010

  • Admin

    I thought so to.

    • 9:51 am - May 27, 2010

  • Erik Halfacre

    pretty slick.

    • 3:36 pm - May 30, 2010

  • Ironboots

    Thanks Bryan for sharing……I especially like the second method which is doable in most environments. This method will save me time at the end of a long trek when I don’t feel like scouring around for the perfect limb.

    • 10:02 am - January 13, 2011

  • reader

    I see the rock in the little bag on one end and the stick in the middle, but where are you attaching the actual food bag?

    • 8:43 pm - December 20, 2011

  • Admin

    After you throw it over, the rock bag is removed and you attach the food back to your caribeaner.

    • 11:25 am - December 22, 2011