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shastasue

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bear canisters
« on: May 21, 2013, 01:50:58 PM »
How about bear canisters?  Anyone have a suggestion where they can be rented?  Perhaps in Bishop or Lone Pine?  Thanks again!

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2013, 03:15:09 PM »
I believe the ranger stations rent them. You can pick 'em up with your permit. Call the Bishop office.
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Re: bear canisters
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2013, 04:49:58 PM »
I pick mine on the way up at the White Mountain Visitor Center, which is located at the District Ranger Station in Bishop.  Easy to find at 798 N Main St. in Bishop.  You will need to pick them up during regular business hours just in-case you’re picking up your permit early in the night box.  Too big to fit in the night box.

If you’re spending a day or more acclimatization to the high altitude before your trip, pick it up at any ranger station as Tex says.  Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center is close at 2510 Main St. on 203.  Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center at Mono Lake also has the Bear canisters for rent.  $5 each, and good for one week’s rental.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2013, 05:14:48 PM »
I bought a smaller version  a few years ago here:

www.bareboxer.com

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I think mine was only $50 total with shipping a few years back, looks like they went up a bit.  It actually holds a huge amount IMO and is not like carrying a beer keg in your pack, just a pony keg.  It's like mini-Garcia can.  A butane gas tank for backpack stoves will fit inside the opening, so if you are alone, you can pack the space left unused.  Flyreels fit too. 

I always thought it might come in handy car camping, if there were no bear boxes.  Just for whatever you did not want at risk.  Too small for beer, unfortunately.  Might have to figure out how to store the scotch, however.

But, you can't beat $5 bucks for a week.  Isn't that some kind of government subsidy, like socialism? Egad. You hippies.

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« Last Edit: May 21, 2013, 05:39:09 PM by John Harper »

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2013, 05:55:21 AM »
There's several online rentals also.  If you 're driving up at night it's the way to go.  I bought one many, many trips ago.
At least they make a good seat. :lol2:   You also have the advantage of neatly pre-packing and planning meals day by day. I carry  5 days of meals for 2 people separated into days  by wax paper .   I've had a bear play soccer with my Garcia, ironically , here in the wilderness in Vermont.  It gave up and didn't even put a scratch in it.  Pain though they may be, it's made a  huge difference.  I've had experience with the  food trained bears around Yosemite in the 70's - it was dangerous  and annoying.
John, I bet it's like student loans- eventually those things make a profit.    One season's rental  easily pays for one, and they are pretty durable and long lasting.  Making the rental  cheap also makes them more apt to be used.  I am an old hippie and ex-USFS,  though..... :rotflmao:
« Last Edit: May 24, 2013, 06:05:54 AM by charlie »

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Re: bear canisters
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2013, 10:46:49 AM »
Bear canisters are needed on day hikes in Little Lakes Valley, Mono Pass, etc correct? According to the website thats what it said. Thanks!

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Re: bear canisters
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2013, 11:14:33 AM »
i dont think they are needed on any day hikes....   just take your lunch or snacks in, and pack your trash / leftovers out with you.   

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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2013, 11:26:26 AM »
It's normal to carry your first day's lunch and dinner in with you not in the can and then switch to the food in it  after the first night when backpacking. Bears don't seem to eat the people carrying   the food. :rotflmao:    It's a good question- you're safe doing just what  LHR said.   I wouldn't leave food unattended for periods of time, though jays and marmots will like it if you do.

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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2013, 12:47:26 PM »
Bear canisters are only required for overnight camping (backpacking).  For day hikes, a day-pack is sufficient to carry your lunch and other necessities.  Like Charlie said, don’t leave your day-pack unattended or the locals will clean it out! :lol2:
« Last Edit: May 24, 2013, 01:26:47 PM by wshawkins »
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2013, 01:36:00 PM »
 :clap: good information! I'll make sure to keep a close eye and not let the locals enjoy our lunch  :lol2: