[pct-l] Bear Canisters: Good for Bear, not for Hungry Hiker?

gary_schenk at verizon.net gary_schenk at verizon.net
Wed Aug 13 12:24:57 CDT 2014

 On 08/13/14, Brick Robbins wrote:

On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 6:34 AM, <gary_schenk at verizon.net> wrote:
> . Because there's only one sure fire way to protect bears from your food.

Actually, Bear Boxes work pretty well too, and bear cans are not fool
proof, as the fools that use them fail to close them properly on a
fairly regular basis. Also they physically fail and get opened by
bears every now and then.

But in any event, this really is a non issue because there is only a
fairly short section of the PCT that passes through a bear-bear-can
required area (SEKI on the south to Yosemite on the north), and really
there only one section where bear boxes are so far apart (50 miles -
Toulomne to the north boundary of YNP) that you can't travel from box
to box in a day and sleep next to the boxes.

It is not that big an issue to carry a can in this section,

Brick, I totally agree with your comments. Bear cans seem to be something that people have blown totally out of proportion. Some act like they're being asked to carry an anvil around.

Not that that slowed down Norman Clyde!


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