Re: [John Muir Trail] Clouds Rest junction
IMO, that is a very nice place to stay for your first night. It's past all the people heading up to Half Dome (and higher in elevation - which is good for altitude acclimation). Unlike staying in LYV, it also makes the first day's hike a little more than a couple hours of trekking.Now nothing guarantees that your belongings will be safe while you're away. This is the case during your entire JMT trek. However, I've never had any problems with my belongings while I'm taking a day hike.As for your bear canister while you're on a day hike, I leave it at least 10 yards away from my tent (just like during the night when I'm sleeping). I also make sure it cannot roll away down a hill or roll into a lake/creek - if a bear decides to play around with it. The last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time looking for it.Regards,Alex
--- On Sun, 5/19/13, kblovold <kblovold@...> wrote:
From: kblovold <kblovold@...>
Subject: [John Muir Trail] Clouds Rest junction
Date: Sunday, May 19, 2013, 10:20 PM
We are planning on hiking half dome after spending our first night at Clouds Rest Junction. Our plan is to head up early in the morning and to leave our tent setup with our backpacks inside until we return from half dome mid day. What do we do with our bear canisters while we are at half dome? Can we assume that our belongings are safe to leave while we are away?
- I was using my boots as part of my pillow system this past week when a porcupine chewed on my pack. Maybe I should be glad it got to my pack first ;o)Although I'd love to see a porcupine. They're really cool animals.
On May 22, 2013, at 10:06 AM, Dittli-Goethals <johndittli@...> wrote:
My ski poles still have nibble marks on the handles from some rodent somewhere. I think they will only go after the grips, so if supporting a tent, they might have a hard time shinnying up the shaft. As well over the years among many other minor gnawings: I've had a ball cap eaten (they left the plastic bill), a washed and drying bandana chewed, boots gnawed by a Porcupine (fortunately I was using them as a pillow at the time, an exciting awakening!), and my favorite; my bivy sack with sleeping bag, pulled ~100' from camp and partially down a Marmot hole.JD