[pct-l] Bear can loan program

Bill Burge bill at burge.com
Fri Apr 10 13:37:36 CDT 2009

What was the loss ratio?


On Apr 10, 2009, at 11:31 AM, Vic Hanson wrote:

> "In 2007, 13 bear canisters were loaned out ('free' except for  
> return shipping) to nobo PCT thru-hikers...
> In 2008, 20 bear canisters were loaned out, plus an additional 6  
> through a "one-on-one" loan...
> Unfortunately some canisters have been 'lost' either in return  
> shipping or due to damage...
> Looking
> to increase the bear canister 'inventory' for the 2009 season and
> beyond (or at least get back to the previous '08 quantity)...
> More bear canister donations would be greatly appreciated...
> If requested, I will gladly explain the 'program' in further detail  
> and answer any of your questions...
> Thank you! Happy hiking and... Happy trails!!!
> Jim / PITA"
> Hi Jim,
> Sounds to me like there is a problem with the loan program, or at  
> least with those using it. Are they getting damaged in shipment in  
> while in use? By bears or the user? About the "lost" ones, maybe  
> they should be sent certified or insured so the program can  
> continue. I would be very hesitant to loan mine out with that kind  
> of a loss to use ratio!
> BTW, mine is loaned out this year to a '06 PCT Thru who is doing the  
> JMT this summer.
> Sugar Daddy
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