Re: Bear Cannisters
- 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!
- Here is my opinion on the snowpack: <br><br>At
this time, it is pretty much normal or slightly below.
The snowpack will dwindle pretty much as usual,
unless there are some new major storms. <br><br>Whatever
the JMT veterans would say about "normal year
conditions" should apply this year. Last year was
exceptionally dry in the high country. This year will certainly
have more snowpack, but nothing like 1983 or 1997.
<br><br>But hey, it might snow some more! Winter ain't over
yet, but the probabilities are dwindling.<br><br>Here
is my tip on interpreting the snow water equivalents
shown for individual sensor sites: <br><br>loose, new
fallen snow is deeper, say up to 12 inches of snow to 1
inch of precip<br><br>dense, old snow is less deep,
say from 3 to 6 inches of snow to 1 inch of precip.
This is applicable when daytime air temps have been
above freezing for a while<br><br>Have a great time,
whatever you decide to do!<br><br>Best Regards,<br><br>FRF