Some of these methods work in some areas but the
new regulations in the Bubbs Creek/Rae Lakes areas
make many impossible. If you haven't already seen
these you can find them
><br><br>I believe these regulations will soon be used in
many more areas along the JMT/PCT. To really solve the
problem, the NP and NF will have to provide alternate
means of food storage far beyond those presently
available (more boxes, new storage
innovations).<br><br>Unfortunately, it comes down to making a choice: save the bears
or save some weight....I have to go with the bears.
Most of your arguments are true: most of us here know
how to properly protect our food, but MANY hikers do
not, and some just don't care. Due to this, the regs
are needed.<br><br>If properly packed, a canister can
actually SAVE space in your pack without adding much
weight. You can get a lot more food compressed into a
canister than you can toss loosely into a stuff sack or
backpack and save some packaging weight at the same time.
Check this out
><br><br>To make up for any weight added I am trying to cut
pounds elsewhere by using some of the newer lightweight
innovations and leaving non-essentials behind. Just be
careful not to sacrifice safety to save weight!