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How to Open a Bearvault Bear Canister

Right now I’m hiking the Arizona Trail.  No bear canister is required but I’ve just been asked about my trick to open a Bearvault canister. I’ve been meaning to write about this so here it is…..

The Bearvault 450 and 500 are amongst the cheaper options for being legal where bear canisters are required. When it is cold and the plastic is non-pliable they can be almost impossible to open.

A credit card can solve this problem. Or, as I demonstate, a National Park Lifetime Pass, one of the few perks of being 62+.

Just place the card between the lid and the plastic tab and twist the lid. There are 2 plastic tabs so make sure you twist around both. Easy peasy and now you can eat your food.