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Miller - It depends on how you plan to use your tent. If you are planning on doing significant backcountry hiking in the northern Rockies, then maybe I'd use another one. If you simply will be camping in developed sites, then I would wash it according to manufacturers' instructions - light non-degreasing liquid - and allow it to air for an extended period. Campgrounds already have so many food odors, I suspect your tent will provide little attraction.
PS - Make sure your tent is totally dry before packing it unless you like that mildew-tent smell.
I took food in my tent last year in an area with no bears. Should I be concerned about using that same tent this year in black bear country?Some would say yes. Me. I wouldn't worry unless maybe you cooked and/or really slopped food around in there. My impression is that you will carry some food odors in on your body and clothing. I think bears can tell the difference between some odor on a human and food actually in there.
I am from grizzly country and have cycled, hiked, and camped without incident.
I have had grizzly tracks around my tent the next morning.
First, NEVER take any food into your tent.
If you've had food in your tent, I would suggest getting another.
In a similar vein, do not pack you tent in a pannier with your food.
Second, in bear country change out of your cooking/eating clothes.
You may not smell the food odors, but a bear can and will.
I took food in my tent last year in an area with no bears. Should I be concerned about using that tent this year in black bear country?
Third, learn to hang you food and toiletries in a bearproof manner.
Grizzlies are too large to get correctly hung packs,
But black bear cubs - esp, around Yosemite NP have figured out how to get them.
In areas with bad bear problems, you must use a bearproof cannister.
Most frontcountry campgrounds have bear boxes - -
But you should know how to hang your food - just in case.
Parks Canada - Appropriate for Northern Rockies, too -
My observation is that most folks on the TA do carry one. I think every rider we met and camped with did. The very few exceptions were those who had a support vehicle. That said I am sure it would be pretty easy to do without, but why? My light cooking/eating setup weighs 9-12 ounces depending on the particular choices. That plus about 12 ounces for fuel.
Even when I trim my gear list to bare bones, the stove still makes the cut for me.