With my High Sierra to Mt Whitney trip less than a week away I have been finalizing my packing. This trip will be my first in bear country, and thus the first time I am required to backpack with a bear canister.
At first, I was a bit frustrated that I had to pack all my food in a bear canister, if you haven’t seen or heard of one before its basically a big container to pack all your food in to protect it from bears. The idea behind a bear canister is that when you make camp for the night you place your canister with all the food in side a couple hundred meters from your camp. If a bear happens to find it,he can bite it and smash it all he wants but most likely will not get into your food. Most trails in bear country require them, and park rangers will not give you your permits unless you have one. I understand why a bear canister is required, but its still a couple of extra pounds and very awkward to pack.