[pct-l] Bear-bagging?

Paul Mitchell bluebrain at bluebrain.ca
Fri Jan 1 19:07:44 CST 2010

Most of us sleep with our food without incident for the bulk of the trail.
On my various times on the trail I haven't met a PCT hiker who mentioned
having any trouble with rodents on the PCT.  Bears getting into bags is a
definite risk, though it can be mitigated significantly by not camping in
high risk locations (rest stops, weekend camper destinations, right beside
or on the trail, etc)  Marmots will have at your bag if left unattended in
the Sierras (behind Whitney and on Muir pass, for example) 

You won't see many hung bags anywhere on the trail.  In most areas it
wouldn't be necessary, and where the bears are a risk it almost definitely
wouldn't be effective.  


-----Original Message-----
From: pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
On Behalf Of Kathryn Zimmerman
Sent: Friday, January 01, 2010 4:38 PM
Cc: pct-l
Subject: Re: [pct-l] Bear-bagging?

And what does one do all the rest of the time?  Doesn't seem to be a lot of
trees around for hanging food.  I've read that some sleep with their food in
their tents, but having had mice wake me up after chewing through the
netting, I don't really want to do that again.  What's the usual answer on
the PCT?


On Fri, Jan 1, 2010 at 7:19 PM, <enyapjr at comcast.net> wrote:

> > I read that bear canisters are required on a few parts of the trail. Can
> you
> > just bear bag your food from a tree 10 feet from the ground and 10 feet
> from
> > the tree and 5 feet below the branch?
> Slightly longer answer:
> In whatever areas bear canisters are required, hanging is NOT allowed...
> In Seki there are some food storage lockers (bear boxes) in the bear
> canister required areas...
> In Yosemite on the PCT there are bear boxes at Tuolumne Meadows and Glen
> Aulin only - leaving minimum distance
> of 28 miles before Tuolumne and 50 miles after Glen Aulin to cover without
> 'camping' to be 'legal'...
> See <http://postholer.com/faq.php#Canister> for more info & links to
> agency websites...
> Happy trails!!!
> Jim (PITA)
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