- Hi all,
I haven't posted in awhile. My political job ends in January and I
have been grinding out resumes and cover letters. I am about to hop
out to Reno, NV for a conference, then I am stealing an ENTIRE WEEK
to myself for mental rehab. I am leaving Tuesday for the conference,
which ends Friday. Then I have a rental car and am heading west,
will be going back to Reno the following Thursday to fly back home.
I am not sure where I am going to camp and am looking for
suggetions. Tahoe area? I have had zero time to plan, but my camping
gear is in a constant state of readiness. All I have to do is add
food and decide where I am going. I am bringing my Hennessy. I
remember reading somewhere that Tom Hennessy really got angry at
authorities at some state park in CA because they would not allow
him to set up his hammock. Do any of you know anything about CA
having a policy prohibiting hammocks?
I would like to bring my SW Airweight 38, but I have a picture of a
headline like this:
"Aide to Louisiana Governor Arrested by California Authorities for
Illegal Concealed Weapon in Backpack, Hauled Off to Jail,
Screaming: 'It doesn't COUNT if its in a backpack!!'"
So the gun stays here. Pepper spray goes, though.
I am going alone, which worries my mother, but not me. I have done
so before, but it has either been in places I know very well, like
the Grand Canyon, or places I have spent a long time researching,
like the Ozark Highlands Trail.
I would love feedback. I will have computer access until next Friday
Thanks! Firefly (Marsanne) in Baton Rouge
>...Reno, NV...I am bringing my Hennessy. I remember readingFirefly,
>somewhere that Tom Hennessy really got angry at authorities at some
>state park in CA because they would not allow him to set up his
Tom Hennessy had a problem at a California state park a day's hike
north of the Mexican border. Elsewhere in the state, at least outside
of small highly-regulated state parks, you are unlikely to have a
problem using your hammock. At least I haven't.
>So the gun stays here. Pepper spray goes, though.Bears are a problem in and near Sequoia-Kings Canyon and Yosemite
national parks. They take your food when you don't have it with you,
such as at night. It isn't safe to have it next to you when you are
sleeping. In some areas in and near these two parks you are required
to store your food in a cannister which can be rented for a nominal
Bears are also a limited problem in the mountains just north of Los
Elsewhere, such as the Tahoe area, they are not a problem.
Since it is a busy area I would hang my food just to be safe. The
bottom of the bag at least 11' up.
The black bears (of various colors) will not attack you.
If a bear is trying to get your food then make noise or throw rocks
at the bear. It will probably just run away. (But don't overdo it.
Some scouts once followed these instructions from the rangers and
stoned a bear to death in Yosemite.)
The only conceivable problem you could have is if you try to take
your food back once a bear has it.
Pepper spray is NOT needed.
>I would love feedback.A good place for advice is the PCT-L mail list at
The pepper spray is in case I encounter hostile humans. More worried
about them than bears. I am in South La, where this maniac serial
killer was running around murdering women. They now have a DNA-
linked suspect in custody, but women were arming themselves with
pepper spray. I bought them for the student workers in my office,
etc. I still have about 5 bottles stashed in various places. Never
had to use them, but that is what the state police I work around
> Pepper spray is NOT needed.
> >I would love feedback.