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Do we need bear cannisters for hiking?
#57643 07/07/20 03:28 PM
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Hi all, I've never hiked Mount Whitney. I've been reading the threads daily and the one about bear cannisters caught my eye. Do we need a bear cannister for our food if we are doing only a day hike?

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Thanks Bobpickering :-)

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Team Dirty Boots #57648 07/07/20 04:49 PM
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Just to add more info: Bear cannisters are necessary only for overnighters, but not to keep bears out. It's to keep the mice and marmots out of your food.

Bears have been a problem in the past, but only at Whitney Portal, for hikers getting ready to day hike while it is still dark. They will set their day pack down, and a bear will zoom in, grab the pack, and streak away. So beware what and where you set things down in those dark early morning hours.

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bobpickering #57650 07/07/20 05:31 PM
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From the Inyo National Forest website:
"In eight specific areas it is mandatory to store food and refuse in a container designed to prevent access by bear.
Bear-resistant food storage containers are required in the following areas in Inyo National Forest:
Bishop Pass Area,
Cottonwood Lakes Basin/ Cottonwood Pass Area,
Duck Pass / Purple Lake Area,
Fish Creek Area,
Kearsarge Pass Area,
Little Lakes Valley Area,
Mammoth Lakes / Rush Creek Area,
Mount Whitney Area"


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