When I was fixing pitched on New Dawn on El Cap, there was a Korean team next to me on some wall. They left their haul bags on the ground as they were also fixing pitches. Anyway, a bear walked up and started eating chunks of the haul bag and the food contained in the bag. I thought it was pretty funny, but unfortunate. When the Korean team got down they were pissed as shit, and they argued in Korean for about 45 min.
Let me start by saying this is obviously my fault for not considering this but I wanted to know if anyone has ever had the same experience I had this weekend.
So I hiked to the Reflector Oven area of Old Rag this weekend with a 45 lb pack full of climbing and camping gear. Anyone familiar with Old Rag knows how much of a pain this is.
I laid out all my climbing gear on a safe looking rock for the evening and went to sleep. In the morning I was looking over my gear and noticed my rope was chewed more than half way through in 2 different locations. Also, a piece of webbing was chewed up too.
I should have put my gear inside the tent with me, but I didn't consider an animal chewing up my gear.
Needless to say it hindered my climbing day and made a long, difficult hike/approach nearly worthless.
Lesson learned. Anyone else ever have an animal chew up their gear on a camping/climbing trip?