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Bear Canister 2016 - the 2nd

Postby pix » Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:04 am


Unfortunately we have missed to register for the Bear Canister Loan Program in Kennedy Meadows for 2016.
We suppose that we now have to buy a Bear Canister in Kennedy Meadows store.
Our concern is, that when we are in Kennedy Meadows, there are no Bear Canister more in stock.
Now, we consider to buy a Bear Canister in San Diego in REI Outfitter and send it ahead to Kennedy Meadows (KM).

Is this a reasonable consideration or are there more sensible options?

We have heard if we buy a Bear Canister on site, that we can send it back to KM an receive back a part of the retail price.
Is that correct, and if yes, how does this work?

What would you recommend?

Thanks for your help
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Re: Bear Canister 2016 - the 2nd

Postby stillroaming » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:09 pm

Buy a canister when you get to the U.S. and have it shipped to KM. It will be waiting for you when you arrive.
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Re: Bear Canister 2016 - the 2nd

Postby enyapjr » Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:19 am

Personally, I would still plan on getting a canister at Kennedy Meadows.

If for some reason there wasn't a canister available at the store, I would continue on - one can still legally get through the southern Sierra (but NOT Yosemite farther North!) without a bear canister provided that:
1. One must have a valid PCT Thru-Permit!
2. In the bear canister 'required' areas, one MUST camp at and use the food storage lockers - so know where they are located so that you can tell a ranger where you plan to camp next!
3. When on the trail 'hiking', your 'food' must always be "within arms' reach" - i.e., do NOT set your pack down and wander away from it for a bathroom break or photo op, keep your pack with you at all times - if it is not within arms' reach, then your 'food' must be stored properly either in a food locker or an approved bear-proof container... This applies ONLY while you are on the move hiking, it does NOT apply while 'camping'/sleeping!! - do NOT sleep with your food in a canister required area, your food must be "properly stored" when 'camping'!

The above is explained further in a GoogleDoc,, along with other 'options' regarding bear canisters, plus the PCT mileages for the canister required areas and the food storage lockers/"bear box" locations.

Hope that helps! Happy trails!!!
Jim (PITA)

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