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Aug 21, 2013
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I bivied up by Ship's Prow this past July and was specifically told by the RMNP ranger that I got my permit from that we DID NOT need bear canisters for our bivy even though it said we did on the permit. Mr. Stevens
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Sep 25, 2013
We camped at the boulder field at the end of August. When we got our permit, they were very adamant that we needed to have a bear canister, and the ranger claimed that there had been a bear sighting at the boulder field the week before.

Furthermore, when we arrived at the boulder field, a ranger actually stopped us and required that we prove we had a bear canister before we could continue to our site.

Even further more, there was one particularly cute and OBNOXIOUS rodent who has clearly been fed way too many times (c.f. cute) by people, and as such, no longer has any fear of people WHATSOEVER. He will crawl right into your bag right in front of you. He will enter your tent. He will not run away if you yell at him, growl at him, run at him, or even hit him with a rock. When my wife kicked him out of my pack, he took one step back, gave her a look, and made a "hmph!" type of sound in annoyance. The attitude on this creature! When you go climb, he will chew through your tent, tarp, or pack if you leave them at the boulder field (trust me). I'd bring the bear canister just for that little guy alone.

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