Chew on this
Sure, those whistling marmots are cute on the trail. But while you’re dipping your toes into a clear alpine lake, those furry buggers just may be wreaking havoc on your car’s electrical system back at the trailhead.
As it turns out, in the past decade or so, vehicle manufacturers have begun using soy-based coatings on wires, which rodents and other razor-toothed critters seem to find irresistible. Many a hiker has returned to his or her vehicle after some time on the trail only to discover their getaway car ain’t going anywhere.
Writing in the latest edition of the Adventure Journal, writer Justin Houseman recounts a recent episode in California’s Sierra – where it’s commonplace for people to wrap their cars in tarps – where rodents gnawed $4,500 in damage to his engine. Thankfully, it was covered by his insurance, but we all may not be so lucky. If, like most of us, you venture into the high country to escape the heat, consider these simple tips to keep the varmints from snacking on your Suby:
- Believe it or not, there is a little electronic sonic-wave emitting, rodent-repelling device you can install under your hood that hooks up to your car battery. Available on Amazon for $35.
- Stuff a nylon stocking filled with mothballs or fabric softener sheets into a safe spot in the engine compartment.
- Wipe kerosene on the tires to keep rodents from climbing them
- Travel with a cat (we’re pretty sure this is a joke, but if you do, please, don’t leave it in the car.) • If parked for a long time, the tarp is a must. Drive onto the trap and wrap it under the car’s undercarriage, where rodents enter, securing it over the top of the car with ropes or cam straps.
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Just like video killed the radio star, social media has put a hurtin’ on Silverton’s spectacular Ice Lakes Trail. One of the most popular – and most FBed and Insta-ed – trails in the San Juan Mountains, Ice Lakes is seeing even more unprecedented numbers of visitors this summer with the pandemic.
- Not your dad's jorts
Leave it to the folks in Aspen to elevate even the lowliest of mountain wear to new fashion heights. Take the humble jort, a staple on local trails since, well, at least Chad Cheeney moved here in the ’90s. Introducing the world’s first “action sport jort,” made with technical fabric to bring that “I-give-zero-effs” attitude to any outdoor adventure while supplying that all important stretch and secret anti-chafing properties to the underside.