Bear Bucks are an allowance that Kodiak Cakes employees get each year to spend on things that inspire us to be more active. A new pair of hiking boots, skis, travel luggage, or a doggie-backpack for our four-legged friends are all things we choose to spend our Bear Bucks on to help us get outside!
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We asked some of our employees to share how they use Bear Bucks to get outside and be more active, all while staying nourished and ready to take on any adventure with Kodiak Cakes. This past summer, a few of us from the office ventured up to Glacier and Banff National Parks. Eleven of us embarked on this great Canadian Road Trip; and, thanks to our Bear Bucks, we could make the most of our experience up North. When it came time to call it a day, we gathered around to play games and cook delicious food.
The best part of this trip was spending time with our friends and discovering really cool places together.
If we had to name a few highlights, they would be: hiking a half marathon in the most remote part of Glacier National Park, taking more than one polar plunge in freezing glacier mountain water, seeing three bears, an early morning hike to Lake Agnes Tea House above Lake Louise, and having our favorite two-year-old kid along for the adventure. Before leaving, I needed to buy a few odds and ends in order to be fully prepared for the trip.
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Mules were set to carry most of our supplies, but I was in need of a daypack to carry my trail essentials water, camera, rain gear, snacks, etc. I ended up buying an liter daypack that allowed me to carry everything I needed for those long days on the trail. I live in the mountains of Park City, so I am no stranger to the mountain lifestyle; however, the Andes Mountains are something else.
I experienced diverse landscapes from glacier-topped mountains—with elevations above 15,ft—to orchid-filled valleys of jungle.
I ate passionfruit fresh off the vine, drank coffee that I harvested and roasted with my own two hands, and even tried some alpaca meat, which was actually pretty tasty. It was an adventure for the books, and my new backpack was a trusty companion.
I ran my first half marathon! This year, I used my Bear Bucks to buy some new backcountry ski gear that came in handy on a recent adventure up Mt.
The route my friend and I took to the summit is a ski mountaineering route called The Memorial Couloir. We rent 3 different sizes of bear cans. From left to right in the picture of the rental cans, the rated carrying volume is 4,6, and 7 days of food for one person. In other words, consider a 7-day canister for 5 or 6 days of food. The BearVault styles we rent are clear, and come in 2 sizes - 4- and 7-day ratings. There prevention method is something similar to a "child-proof" cap on a medicine bottle.
Bears can't figure that out! Here is how it is explained by the manufacturer on top of the lid.
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