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By Kevin Craig
May 13, 2013
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd

Many years ago, there were critter-proof canisters at the Boulderfield site - old ammo cans IIRC. Are they not there anymore? That would be the best solution for everyone - NPS puts animal proof containers at each site. Greater compliance, tons of bang for the buck and doesn't inconvenience backpackers/climbers (and hence greater compliance as noted). Oh, right, it would spoil the wilderness experience.


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By Benjamin Chapman
From Small Town, USA
May 14, 2013
old 1/4" bolt.

What self-righteousness? Get over YOURSELF and consider that bears are bright, intelligent, resourceful creatures and the NPS doesn't require a bear can, above tree line or not, so that they can issue citations. Just follow the regulations, FOR THE BEARS SAKE!! It's not about you Brad or SDY.


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By Alex Washburne
May 14, 2013
I eat crack for breakfast.

SDY wrote:
The point is he is camping well above treeline, in the Boulderfield. There are no bears there. So you're attempted self-righteousness is irrelevant.


Now I'm not perfectly knowledgeable about black bears in RMNP, but I know that some bears in some parts of the US travel above treeline (to boulder fields) in order to forage for moth larvae. While foraging for moths, the bears would likely lick up any crumbs that they find under the bivy sites (which would simultaneously reek of humans and risk making a fatal association in the bear's mind). Even if said climber is camping higher than any bear has ever been seen, why should we be jerks and demand RMNP micromanage for our needs, saying we can forego the bear canister requirement if you camp in places A, C, and F, in order to make life mildly easier for climbers who can deal with the minor inconvenience of carrying a bucket? That is terrible PR for climbers.


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By Benjamin Chapman
From Small Town, USA
May 14, 2013
old 1/4" bolt.

Alex....very salient points and well stated.


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By SDY
May 14, 2013

Benjamin Chapman wrote:
the NPS doesn't require a bear can, above tree line or not, so that they can issue citations. Just follow the regulations


What? I feel like there are a lot of contradictions there.

I think that you may have misread something earlier. The NPS requires bear canisters below tree line, not above.


Alex Washburne wrote:
why should we be jerks and demand RMNP micromanage for our needs, saying we can forego the bear canister requirement if you camp in places A, C, and F, in order to make life mildly easier for climbers who can deal with the minor inconvenience of carrying a bucket? That is terrible PR for climbers.


Micromanage to our needs? You mean require bear canisters where they are needed? How is that micro-managing? Its adding a few sentences to the regs! Seems logical to require something where it is needed, not a blanket requirement for areas it is frivolous.


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By Steve Poulsen
From Nederland, CO
May 14, 2013
Cho Oyu

Very good comments about the bear canisters being used to keep the bears from becoming dependent on humans for food. If bears in RMNP learn that humans equal food, they will be relocated or more likely killed. Remember: "a fed bear is a dead bear". Also, the bears are just now waking up and have a serious case of the munchies. Because of the late spring snowstorms, there isn't much for the bears to eat yet, so they will be checking everywhere for food including campsites. This is especially true of females with cubs.

Concerning the ammo cans at the Boulder Field: we had to remove them because people were using them as trash cans or leaving the lids open so that they could fill with water and become rusty inside. Basically, they were getting so nasty that no body would want to put their food in them. The marmots up there would not hesitate to chew a hole in your tent if they thought that there was food inside. A bear/marmot canister left outside your tent is a good idea while you are climbing the mountain.


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By Alex Washburne
May 14, 2013
I eat crack for breakfast.

SDY wrote:
Micromanage to our needs? You mean require bear canisters where they are needed? How is that micro-managing? Its adding a few sentences to the regs! Seems logical to require something where it is needed, not a blanket requirement for areas it is frivolous.



The rangers at RMNP have a lot of other shit to deal with besides such a ridiculously frivolous issue of one climber being too big of a wuss to carry a tiny bucket before climbing a big wall. If you, SDY, have such a big (self-righteous) issue with bear canisters, then you should seek out the appropriate venues for changing the regulations in the park (which usually involves abandoning the cowardly cloak of anonymity). Until then, I emphatically encourage you and others to respect the incredible job that the rangers are doing at protecting this precious national resource with an extremely limited budget, going to great lengths to allow backcountry permits specifically for climbers who want to take on the beautiful alpine walls in RMNP (not to mention assisting with rescues should someone get hurt). Because you know what's a lot easier and a lot lower-budget? Closing regions of the park to bivy's or climbers in general. And in the spirit of self-government, I can't say I'd vote against such closures if climbers or people at bivy sites consistently showed such callous disregard for the sensible regulations that the park service has put in place in their well-informed effort to protect the natural resource for ALL of its users.

Pick your battles, and pick your battlefields. If this bear canister issue is one of your battles, then fight it by petitioning to RMNP or the National Park Service, not whining on MP.


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By ABB
May 14, 2013

jmeizis wrote:
Does the 4th amendment not apply in National Parks?


4A isn't germane. Know your rights.


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By Brad6260
From Kentucky
May 14, 2013

Ben,
I do understand where your coming from and support what is best and reasonable for the environment and those in it there.


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By Cor
May 14, 2013
black nasty

Alex, you have some good points. And yes we should all love our police force,
err I mean rangers....

But when you experience them going above and beyond what they should,
it does get annoying!

I have been heading into Long's for years. One time while picking up our permit at the Long's station we were instructed that in order to get our permit we needed a bear can for the Mills Glacier bivy site. The rules say otherwise, but when dealing with the man, you just have to listen and accept, because they are "the law!" So he gave us a can to use (how nice of him!)
and we carried it the whole F'n way up and back.

Now with budgets at a shortfall, maybe that ranger could do some productive work,
like sweeping the porch of the station or something! :)

Basically the park service needs to get all the ducks in order!,


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By jmeizis
From Colorado Springs, CO
May 14, 2013
The Beginning of Mr. Clean (5.8) at the Barkeater Cliffs in Adirondack Park NY.

ABB wrote:
4A isn't germane. Know your rights.


So when talking about whether a ranger can search your backpack the fourth amendment isn't relevant? I did drop out of law school so I'm not a legal genius or anything but is the fourth amendment not the only amendment that covers whether someone's backpack can be searched by an agent of the law?


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By Alex Washburne
May 14, 2013
I eat crack for breakfast.

Demanding you show proof of a bear canister before ticketing you or booting you out of the park is no different from demanding you show proof of a parking pass before ticketing you or towing your car. You can't hide your parking pass in the glove compartment and demand the officer have reasonable suspicion or probable cause - the burden of proof is on you to demonstrate your compliance with the rules and regulations. That doesn't mean the ranger can forcibly enter your pack(any ranger doing so may be overstepping their authority) but it does mean they can ticket you and take other measures to get you out of the park (I'm not sure the full jurisdiction of park rangers, but certainly a police officer could 'escort' you off the premises). Where exactly this falls in constitutional law, I'm not sure (may also have an interstate commerce aspect as the parking pass analogy suggests), but where it falls under the law of common sense is perfectly clear to me.

All this said, I'm not a rubber-stamped fan of "police states" or "the man" or any of that, but I do believe that in this particular case the park service is doing the right thing and a rubber-stamped "f*** the Man" attitude is not warranted in response to the NPS' attempt to safeguard our precious wild places.


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By GLD
May 14, 2013

Benjamin Chapman wrote:
What self-righteousness? Get over YOURSELF and consider that bears are bright, intelligent, resourceful creatures and the NPS doesn't require a bear can, above tree line or not, so that they can issue citations. Just follow the regulations, FOR THE BEARS SAKE!! It's not about you Brad or SDY.


You should also think of the CHILDREN!!!

Ben, you're missing the point about the rule regarding below tree line and perhaps a lot of points. Bear canisters only work for storage of food, you don't cook in them and you don't eat in them the people food association can be made many ways.

Brad, your permit requires it, bring it.


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By Cor
May 14, 2013
black nasty

Copied straight from the NPS website:
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Bear canisters are required at all backcountry campsites below treeline. These are the carry-in/carry-out style. Bear canisters are available for rent or for purchase at many sporting goods shops including shops in Estes Park and Grand Lake. There are also sources available on the internet.
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Can anyone show me where the trees are in the Boulder field camping area, or near it?


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By wankel7
From Indiana
May 14, 2013

Why use a canister when you can do an electric fence?
www.electrobearguard.com/Kit_Content_2.html


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By colincool
From Fort Collins, Colorado
May 14, 2013

What is the hassle in carrying a bear canister? They are light, fit more or less conveniently into packs (at least my Osprey Argon) and besides keeping food safe from bears, they also protect against the far more likely event of small critters or marmots getting into your food.

As your can empties from eating the food, you can use the space for other gear so you aren't wasting the "dead space".


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By Jaren Watson
From Rexburg, Idaho
May 14, 2013

It's a rarity for a black bear to ascend above timberline to unearth and eat moths. While it can happen, this feeding behavior belongs predominantly to grizzly bears.
Even in grizzly territory, like the Tetons, bear canisters are not required above treeline.


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By flynn
May 14, 2013

If you (generic you, nobody specific) know how to pack, say, a cook kit, coffee mug or anything else hollow, you can effectively make it disappear. When you pack it with food now and trash or stinky socks later, you never even know it's there.

Whether or not bears roam above treeline generally depends on whether or not they read the same bear book you did. Right now, they're hungry, having not eaten since about November, so if they're gonna get weird, they're gonna do it now.

Lastly, even if you don't encounter a bear, you are guaranteed to encounter much more aggravating, thoroughly determined little pack-eaters. The bear barrel stops them unequivocally. That alone may make it worth carrying.


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By Elliott Crooks
May 14, 2013

Bear canisters can be useful against non-bear marauders as well. Next to last time I bivi'd at Chasm Lake, we hung food & other stuff off the overhanging side of a boulder. Local mouse rapelled down the cord, & we lost food, webbing, & my best sun cap. Next time canister worked great.


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By J1.
From Boulder, Colorado
May 15, 2013
Towliee

Oh! I thought you meant BEER canisters...


If your Bivy-ing above treeline this be the only canister I'd use..
Works really well..
Helps take that edge off while waiting for your high alpine bear attack...


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By Brad6260
From Kentucky
May 15, 2013

The #1 Choice of marauding bears from coast to coast!


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By George Perkins
From Los Alamos, NM
Aug 21, 2013
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Today the backcountry office said:
-Bear canister is required at all backcountry camping sites, but not at bivouac sites.
-They did advise that, though not required, you might want one anyway at the bivi sites to deal with marmots.
I wanted to add this, as it was in contrast to what I was told last year (asked to bring a bear can to Mills Glacier bivi), and had stated in an earlier post. [edit 9/3: they said the above when I picked up my permit recently, as well]
Bivi site info
Backcountry camping info


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Aug 21, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on

We saw two bears with cubs while we were out there, one near the Bear Lake trailhead, and the other on the way back from Glacier Gorge.\

Carry the bear canister


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Aug 21, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on

Up at the boulderfield does seem kind of ridiculous, though. Although I agree with others that keeping marmots out of your food just may make the decision to carry a canister worth it.


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By Jeremy Riesberg
From Minneapolis, MN
Aug 21, 2013
Palisaid, SD.

I bivied at the boulder field last year. We hauled up a bear can because we were told too. Never again. No bears live at 14k feet. And speaking of bad beta, we asked about water on the hike and if it was better to bring a filter or to haul. The rangers said the nearest was Chasim lake.. So we hiked up with 6 liters.. They mentioned nothing of the 3 melt water creeks we had to cross. So you're a ranger and this is your job? Why the bad info?


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