Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice)

Posted by: AOR

Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 08/31/08 06:09 PM

I bought a new Lowe pack before I went to Rainier a few years ago and put it where I "thought" no mice would get to it...well, I was wrong. I hadn't used it in a few months and upon taking it out last week discovered a hole about the size of a plum directly in the front of the pack. No food was stored in the pack, just climbing gear which could possibly have smelled like food that had once been in there.

So, after that short story, has anyone experienced this and what type of repairs did you do or can you recommend?

Thanks...
Posted by: Frank Florence

Re: Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 08/31/08 07:36 PM

I had much the same experience in the Valley a couple of years ago. No food in the pack, but apparently lingering odors that were attractive enough to motivate rodents to gnaw through the pack fabric. Since it was the first day of a two week stay, I simply got out a needle and thread and some patch material and made field repairs. The work has held up for the past two years, so I haven't bothered to improve much upon that initial effort. The one thing I did later was apply a seam sealer (left over from my last tent purchase) to the stitching to try to restore some degree of waterproofing.

If you have access to a sewing machine, you can neatly stitch the patch in place. Use a zig zag stitch to keep the chewed-through fabric and any other unfinished edges from unraveling.
Posted by: acdnyc

Re: Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 09/02/08 07:29 PM

In Seneca Rocks I had a little fury eat a hole in my bag. I guess it liked the whole wheat bagel with hummus and cucumber. It made nice little circles out of my pack material. First time in twenty years out in the wood that anything has eaten through my bag.
It's a Wildthing's bag so I may just drop it off next time I"m up there. The hole hasn't gotten any bigger and I've used it that way for a year.
Posted by: Julie

Re: Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 09/02/08 07:45 PM

I had a Tahquitz squirrel eat a bunch of holes in my Cilo Gear sack. The food, I'd stored in the top pouch and hung; but I'd made the fatal mistake of closing up the main pack.

Lesson learned - leave the main pack empty & open, let them burrow all over it, instead of closed.
Posted by: chip

Re: Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 09/02/08 07:55 PM

I quess that proves the Cilo Gear to be SWEET.
Posted by: oenophore

Re: Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 09/02/08 08:32 PM

Lesson learned - leave the main pack empty & open, let them burrow all over it, instead of closed.

It amuses me to realize that car owners sometimes leave the car parked with windows wide open for exactly the same reason.
Posted by: redtag

Re: Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 09/03/08 03:14 AM

rodents like to chew things...welcome to earth

sew on a patch, ideally made of the same or similar material, seam seal it, and move on
Posted by: AOR

Re: Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 09/03/08 12:52 PM

 Originally Posted By: redtag
rodents like to chew things...welcome to earth

sew on a patch, ideally made of the same or similar material, seam seal it, and move on


Oh, most gracious oracle...humble and heartfelt thanks. I can only hope and aspire that someday I may be as self-actualized and together as you.

Please consider myself moved on.
Posted by: EastVillage

Re: Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 09/04/08 11:32 AM

I believe the mice are attracted to the salt from sweat in the pack fabric.
Posted by: oenophore

Re: Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 09/04/08 12:32 PM

Might there be a niche market for a spray-on rodent repellent?
Posted by: crackers

Re: Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 10/27/08 05:50 PM

 Originally Posted By: AOR

So, after that short story, has anyone experienced this and what type of repairs you can recommend?


Could you post a snapshot of the damage? Then I'd be happy to opine on my prognostication on the best solution next time I'm procrastinating.
Posted by: chip

Re: Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 10/27/08 06:01 PM

 Originally Posted By: oenophore
Might there be a niche market for a spray-on rodent repellent?


There would indeed be a huge market if it were effective against larger rodents, such as marmot and porcupine. Maybe that's why everyone keeps tying up a dog near the gear at the base of each climb? Talk about rodent repellent!
Posted by: AOR

Re: Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 10/27/08 10:19 PM

 Originally Posted By: crackers
 Originally Posted By: AOR

So, after that short story, has anyone experienced this and what type of repairs you can recommend?


Could you post a snapshot of the damage? Then I'd be happy to opine on my prognostication on the best solution next time I'm procrastinating.


Thanks, crackers...I'll try and get one in.
Posted by: crackers

Re: Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 11/25/08 07:02 PM

Any pictures?

Duct tape and seam grip work well for many repairs...
Posted by: AOR

Re: Pack assaulted by mouse (or, mice) - 11/26/08 03:34 AM

Crackers,

Sent you a PM...