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Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Bear-sightings in the wilderness are a very real thing – in fact, bears are present in more than 40 states. Be prepared on your next backcountry outing by taking with you a bit of protection and avid awareness.

At Mountain Side Gear Rental, we recommend never leaving home without the “bear necessities.” Below are our favorites for keeping you and your things safe.

Bear Deterrent Spray with Holster

This Bear Spray is the most powerful and farthest shooting brand, making it the most effective bear pepper spray on the market. It comes complete with a glow in the dark safety to easily find the trigger.

Bear Resistant Food Container Rental

Bear-resistant containers are mandatory in almost all National Parks and Forests within the United States. This one is made of an extremely durable and highly visible proprietary polymer blend to safely store six-eight days-worth of food. The lid is secured with three latches that can be easily opened/closed with a coin or key. Carry Pack is included with the rental; strap it to the outside of your backpack. This container is certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and the Sierra Interagency Black Bear Group for use in ALL National Parks.

Protect yourself, friends and family and your food from an unlikely encounter with a bear. After all, when you’re in the trees, you’re in a bear’s world.

About Mountain Side Gear Rental

Mountain Side Gear Rental makes it easy for people to spend time in the great outdoors by renting premium camping and backpacking gear from our location in Golden. We provide trip planning and assistance to our domestic and international visitors. More information about Mountain Side is available at