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Top 10 Safety Tips (Bear Edition)

January 30, 2013

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying this will happen for sure. But it could, so why not be prepared? I’m referring, of course, to the possibility that you might encounter a bear the next time you go camping. The fact that you’ve seen Henry And Alice: Into The Wild (or looking forward to seeing it before the end of the run) does not automatically make you an expert outdoorsman. The following Top 10 Safety Tips could come in handy. They are listed here in reverse order, because even I know that bears do not run very well downhill.

10. Never cook near your tent, or keep food in it.

9. Items that have an odour should be stored at least 10 feet off the ground in a tree.

8. Keep your campsite clean, i.e. wash the dishes, wipe the picnic table, etc., etc., etc.

7. Bring pajamas, and use them, because you don’t want to sleep in the clothes you wore when you were cooking.

6. Do not bury garbage, burn it in a hot fire instead and pack out the trash.

5. If you leave the campsite, travel in a group.

4. Avoid hiking at dawn and dusk, because that is when bears are most active.

3. Never, ever surprise a bear, not even on his birthday.

2. Carry a noisemaker (other than a young child) at all times.

1. Leave your dog at home.

I tell you, because I care.

Henry And Alice: Into The Wild runs from January 23 – February 10, 2013. Visit the Globe Theatre website for more details, cast information, and to purchase tickets.

Nick Miliokas is a freelance writer and editor based in Regina. You can reach him by email at rozenstern@rocketmail.com.

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