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253Re: Bear Cannisters

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  • pctpacker
    Apr 23, 2000
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      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
      at:<br><a href=http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/sequoiakingscanyonhikers target=new>http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/sequoiakingscanyonhikers</a><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
      at:<br><a href=http://www.sierrawilderness.com/article.html target=new>http://www.sierrawilderness.com/article.html</a><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!
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