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Offline Susan

Bear Canister on Sierra Cascade Tour?
« on: May 16, 2010, 02:11:50 am »
Hi Folks!
Yesterday the maps finally arrived - thank you ACA for doing such a fantastic job!!  What a tour this will be!  Don't know if I will be able to go this summer or next, but right now, looking out the window where I live in Germany, the rain is blowing horizontally and for May it is really cold! - well, checking out the maps will sure help me get through the day!!
In addition to my passion for cycle touring I am a JMT-Junkie and into semi-light backpacking - getting lighter every year!  These two sports really complement each other and my gear is just about the same for both.  I have a Bearikade Weekender carbon fiber bear canister that weighs about 2lbs. and also makes a nice camp stool. I have a good set-up to secure it on my back rack and it would replace a waterproof Ortlieb stuff sack that weighs 220g, about 1/2lb.  I'm aware that the campgrounds in areas where bears are an issue have bear boxes, and (for the company) I mainly stay at campgrounds and motels, but I am not opposed to stealth camping if I discover a really good spot and I am for some reason not inclined to ride on to the next campground.   
Hiking the JMT, the only time I have ever seen a bear was at the backpackers campground at Tuolumne Meadows where one stole my neighbor's sandwich off her table.   
Would it be an overkill to pack the bear canister?  I would really appreciate any thoughts on this! 
Cheers!  Susan

Offline MrBent

Re: Bear Canister on Sierra Cascade Tour?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2010, 10:40:15 pm »
Hi, Susan:  Yeah, overkill.  The odds are low.  You can carry a long, stout nylon line and do a little bear bagging if you're worried, but I don't think you'll have much trouble.