[pct-l] Bear Canister requirement after Sonora Pass

Jeffrey Olson jjolson58 at gmail.com
Tue May 3 18:39:05 CDT 2016

Bear canisters are not required north of Yosemite.  Hence Sonora Pass to 
Echo Lake is a bear-canister-free area.  you will be lucky to see a bear 
on this stretch of trail.  Bears are hunted here, and are extremely shy 
of humans.

Laramie, WY

On 5/3/2016 4:07 PM, Denis Stanton wrote:
> Hi,
> looking for some collective wisdom on bear canister requirements.
> Over the last nine years I have slowly section hiked from Kennedy Meadows to Sonora Pass, always using a Bear Vault.
> This year I plan to hike from Sonora Pass to Echo Lake.
> My questions are:
> is this outside of the area requiring the use of a bear canister?
> even if not required by regulation, would you still use one on this trail section?
> If you are wondering why I might not want to carry one, it just comes down to the weight, and secondarily the bulk in my suitcase when I fly international to the US.  I have no wish to flout regulations or give unnecessary temptation to bears.  I once spent a long night in close proximity to a destructive bear and was glad to have my food stowed in the bear vault well away from my sleeping spot.
> Denis Stanton
> Walks with Son
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