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Where to buy a bear canister

Postby pix » Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:48 am


We want to hike the PCT in 2016.
From Kennedy Meadows to Sonora Pass we must have bear canister with us.
I am afraid I can not find any information where we can buy a bear canister.

Is it possible to get or to buy a bear canister in Kennedy Meadows or is it too risky, because they could not be available more there?

Thanks for your help

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Re: Where to buy a bear canister

Postby postholer » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:47 pm

Jim Payne runs the 'PCT Bear Canister Loaner Program' each year. It is free.

You can borrow a canister and mail it back when you are done with it. You will pick it up at Kennedy Meadows, then mail it back from somewhere up the trail.

The good news for you is, they give canisters out on a 'need' basis, not 'first come, first served'. Foreign hikers are almost certain to get a canister.

Keep your eyes open in this forum. I just emailed with Jim today and he says he will be making this years announcement in a month or two.

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Re: Where to buy a bear canister

Postby Gary Schenk » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:24 am

You can rent Bearikade canisters from Wild Ideas as well. They are expensive to buy, but I thought the weight savings made it worthwhile. I really like mine.
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Re: Where to buy a bear canister > Kennedy Meadows

Postby enyapjr » Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:08 pm

FWIW: BearVault keeps the Kennedy Meadows Store stocked with BV500 canisters - 2016 price is 68 USD including tax.
68 USD is a very competitive price considering you wouldn't have to pay any shipping cost to KM or the additional $5 per package handling/storage fee at the store.
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