On August 21-23 of this year I spent my nights in the Curry Village Tent cabins. All the hantavirus activity made me pretty alert to the mice. I noticed the door threshold was canted with a 3/4 inch opening. Hmmm big enough for a rodent to slip through.
All the food went into the bear proof vault.
The containers were placed in front of each tent cabin 3 years ago. Prior to that you had to scurry to find one and perhaps have to share it with others. The bear incident count has really plummeted as bears are being denied the easy food. I tell people that they probably will not see bears on the Half Dome hike. Get up and walk to the community toilet at 3 am and you might see one roaming through the village. But, apparently the vaults are not mouse proof.
On our second day I opened the vault and was amazed to see little holes in many of my food bags.
How did that happen? Was the mouse inside the vault? To test this, I put 2 raw peanuts inside the vault and closed it up. When I returned later in the day, the nuts were gone and other wrappings were gnarled into. I lost my Cheetos, pistachio nuts, Clif Bars and saw a lot of poo in the bottom of the bag. Dang. I tossed most of it.
Beer proof vault? Maybe but they are not mouse proof. So here is my new solution for your review. I looped my pack over a rafter – safe from the little guys.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Hunger makes a thief of any man.” (or mouse) – Pearl Buck
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com