Bear Canisters dilemma
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shane sibert
(grinder) - F

Locale: P.N.W
Bear Canisters dilemma on 12/09/2008 23:36:54 MST Print View

This sucks....I'm planning a trip to the Tetons this August and the Park now requires you to carry a bear canister if you camp below 10,000ft. You can only use canisters that are approved on the parks web-site...the canisters all weigh betwwen 2-3lbs!!! Figgin Fracken...

The following food storage canisters are currently approved by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. Grand Teton National Park’s new canister requirement program will authorize the use of any of these and any canisters approved by IGBC. Each of these canisters has been tested in the USFS Missoula lab and at the Grizzly Discovery Center with bears.
Backpacker Model 812-C
Garcia Machine
14097 Ave. 272
Visalia, CA 93292
Phone: 559-732-3785
Website: http://www.backpackerscache.com/ Customer Service: gmachine@psnw.com

BearVault BV350, BV400
Website: http://www.bearvault.com
Phone: 866-301-3442
The Bear Keg
Counter Assault
120 Industry Court
Kalispell, MT 59901-7991
Phone: 406-257-4740 or 800-695-3394
FAX: 406-257-6674
Website: http://www.counterassault.com/

The Bare Boxer Contender
Golf City Products
9614 Cozycroft Ave. Suite D
Chatsworth, CA91311
Website: http://www.bareboxer.com/

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Bear Canisters dilemma on 12/09/2008 23:52:50 MST Print View

That does suck.

I've used the Garcia and the BearVault and prefer the BearVault. They're relatively cheap too...

Have a great trip, even with the god-forsaken canister!

Scott S
(sschloss1) - F

Locale: New England
Bearikade on 12/10/2008 07:47:10 MST Print View

I don't know if they're approved for the Tetons (they are for the Sierras), but the Bearikade canisters are the lightest I've seen. They're also the most expensive.

And I know that everyone grumbles about bear canisters, but the alternative is that the park rangers have to go out and shoot bears that treat people as food sources (they're not relocating problem bears anymore in a lot of areas). So, for a little extra weight, you're helping to keep bears from being killed. That's worth it to me.

P. P.
(toesnorth) - F

Locale: PNW
Bear canisters.... on 12/10/2008 08:35:56 MST Print View

I've tried the Bearikade, Garcia and BearVault. I prefer the BearVault.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Bearikade on 12/10/2008 08:40:03 MST Print View

The Wild Ideas - Bearikade - site lists rental rates and shipping. $30 -$50 m/l for a 10 day trip.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Bear Canisters dilemma on 12/10/2008 10:40:27 MST Print View

Hard to guess why the Bearikade is missing from the list, but 1. There's time before next hiking season for it to be added and 2. It's hard to imagine somebody being written up for carrying one in lieu of one of the other containers.

I've used them all but the Bare Boxer, and the Bearikade remains my favorite. The Bearvault is a fine, affordable option and vastly better than the Garcia.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Bear Canisters dilemma on 12/10/2008 11:16:10 MST Print View

Initially, one would think that anything approved by the SIBBG for use in the Sierras would automatically be approved elsewhere. NOT TRUE.

SIBGG only has to contend with Black Bears, not Grizzly bears, like Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, and North Cascades NPs must. That requires a different test to gain that certification.

I suspect Bearikade will get there fast.