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    This is actually a very good quesiton-I always want to put my shoes outside of my tent at night to air them out and reduce clutter in my tent at night,but as others have indicated, lots of interesting issue can develop! I made this mistake one night at Glacier NP and in the morning, had numerous bit and claw marks on my hiking shoes-not good! Best to keep them in the tent.
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    Lots of small critters will chew shoes for the salt. Raccoons, porcupines, opossoms, mice, etc. Spiders could be a problem as well. Here in TX and other southwest states we have scorpions as well, and a sting from one of them can make for a very unpleasant time, especially the Arizona bark scorpion. Best to bring them inside imo.

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    and a sting from one of them can make for a very unpleasant time, especially the Arizona bark scorpion


    so their bite is worse than their bark?


    (sorry, lack of sleep makes for some bad jokes)

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    Out, but shake em and check em in the morning. Worst I've found so far are slugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNhiker View Post
    so their bite is worse than their bark?


    (sorry, lack of sleep makes for some bad jokes)
    Credit me for the straight line.

    On a serious note, if you need scorpion antivenom (most people/stings don't), it's incredibly expensive - $5K or so per dose in the US (but only about $100 in Mexico) and often requires multiple doses.

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    In the tent with me. I try to carry a plastic grocery store bag to put them on, or in, because they’re usually muddy or dusty.

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    In the vestibule. Any critter that can stand the smell deserves whatever salt they can find...

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    I used to keep them outside...then a few years ago at a campsite in Virginia a fellow hiker woke up and his shoes were gone. Several of us searched the area and found them a short distance away. They were chewed so badly that they were useless. Fortunately a fellow hiker had a flimsy pair of camp shoes that fit....those...and a significant amount of duct tape got him to the next town.

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    About once every ten years, I get a crawly thing in my shoes in the morning. Then the next few mornings I check carefully, then I forget until another ten years goes by. My tent's pretty small, so I let that be the determining factor and leave the shoes in the tiny vestibule.

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    Shoes go inside a plastic grocery bag and then inside the tent or bug bivy. Same with my hiking clothes,but in a different bag. Then I put them down by feet. Cuts down on the funk factor too.

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    Shoes go in the vestibule of my tent. Check them in the morning.

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    I had always had them out with no issues. Then I ran into a hiker coming down from Campaite 113 in the Smokies with Crocs on. She said a bear had ran off with one of her trail runners. Chances are slim of that happening, but now keep them in my tent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QiWiz View Post
    Out, but shake em and check em in the morning. Worst I've found so far are slugs.
    Bad memory there.
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    Mine always stay outside. Give them a quick shake before sliding them on in the morning.

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    out - upside down never an issue.

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    Jam hiking poles into ground or two sticks and place the shoes upside on the handles next to the hammock.

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    depends on the level of stink

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    Tap-tap-tap the heel on the ground then upend and shake. If they don't fall out hopefully they're stunned enough that they get squished by my foot.

    Speaking of slugs... Just finished a book on the OSS in Burma in WW2. Said a 6 inch long leach could squeeze through the eyelet on boots to get at some flesh.
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    shoes kept in the vesitibule, have rarely aired shoes off by balancing them, toe up, on twigs shoved in the ground.

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