I'm going back country camping for the first time in less than a month, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I've been researching and doing my prep work. I'm prepared supply wise, I've read the various restrictions and rules. I know to keep my food out of reach, etc. But realistically, how often do hikers/campers run into bears? I feel like I'm psyching myself out a bit over this. I'm going with my boyfriend (he has a degree in forestry, grew up in the woods, etc.) and he comes from a country that does have quite a few bears and he doesn't seem worried at all. What can I do to keep safe? Am I worrying too much?
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