There's no better way to ward off a charging bear than with bear spray. Study after study (including one by the Forest Service) has come to the same conclusion. Learn how and when to deploy your bear mace with these tips from BACKPACKER Skills Editor Corey Buhay.
How to Outrun Your Hiking Partner
It's like they say: You don't have to outrun the bear, you just have to outrun your friend. Escape from a bear attack with these sneaky tricks.