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More on Bear Canisters

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Offline dprather

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More on Bear Canisters
« on: September 04, 2014, 08:56:23 AM »
Last night my amigos and I were doing some prep work for our, Lord  willing, October Mesa de Anguila trip.

Bear canisters came up.

Our Boston-running semi-rookie asked,  "Why don't they just require canisters in the zones that actually have bears?"

The closer I come to actually having to tote one of those canisters, the less I like it.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: More on Bear Canisters
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2014, 09:46:52 AM »
Granted the new compendium mentions it, but are you sure you will actually be required to use one?  :eusa_think: The compendium, for example, tells you how much fruit you can gather also, but they don't discuss this with you at permit time. Perhaps wait and see what shakes out (with backup plan).

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Re: More on Bear Canisters
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2014, 10:27:18 AM »
So I don't have all the details yet but I have been in conversation with Chief Ranger Etheridge about all this and they plan to roll this out over time.

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We assure you that there will be a lengthy education and information period
 to follow and rangers will not be writing violations in the near future. It
 is much more important to get the word out and educate visitors about the
 current situation with the wildlife.

There may be some other changes/compromises for remote zone campers that I will pass on when I get more information.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: More on Bear Canisters
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2014, 06:48:44 PM »
We intend to do what is expected of us and to carry a canister if that is the way it is.

That said, I'd be pleased to get another trip in before the roll-out, especially an MDA trip.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: More on Bear Canisters
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2014, 04:20:13 PM »
Bear vaults aren't so bad.  We have the BV500 and BV450.  We had to use them recently on our Western Epic in some parks and it was nice to have a stool to sit on! It is also nice in our case since space is limited; this somewhat controls Sandi's want of gourmet meals on the trail, but with her newfound prowess with the dehydrator and vacuum sealer, the use of a bear vault hasn't slowed her much. We made up for the weight gain with a light cookset (Flat Cat Gear's Bobcat System), lighter water filter (Sawyer mini with 3 1L dirty bags), lighter sleeping bags and tent (when we use one). Here's a pic of Sandi's wonderful Green Chili Stew (somewhat mild) we enjoyed a few times on our trip.
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

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Re: More on Bear Canisters
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2014, 06:48:30 PM »
Homer67 - I've got you figured out.

Sandi is your backpacking cooking slave!
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

 


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