I hike the High Peaks area at least 2 somtimes 3 times per year. And I use a modified bear vault. I drilled, tapped and countersunk a screw opposite to the latch and use a little Squirt to open it. I have been stopped twice and both times the ranger said it was fine. This was NOT the Loj people. I believe they were more interested in how I made the modification, since one bear, Yellow-Yellow, does not really pose a threat...she is timid and has been "conditioned." She ranges between Lake Colden and Marcy Dam, mostly. To my knowledge, she is the only bear in the country than knows how to open the Bear Vault. Hmm...let me check the site... ok, nothing new.
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As far as I know, no regulations have been changed in response to this one bear, first reported in 2008, I believe. I am also a member of the the Adirondack Mountain Club for the past number of years. They keep track of everything to do with hiking and camping up there and publish a magazine 4 times per year. I would have seen this. There was a report from another camper that Yellow-Yellow had taught one of her cubs. Nothing O-fficial on that, though, so use some skepticism as with any hear-say.
I will say that the source was reliable, though...one of the rangers that stopped us asking if we had a canister. You only need a canister in the EASTERN High Peaks. Nowhere else requires one, to the best of my knowledge.
The NLP trail is more or less a straight run. A nice trip, but difficult to do, without some transportation ('corse, it is always possible to hike back... My Brother-in law takes a group of boy scouts on a yearly trip along that trail.
Chris Morgan mentioned the Cranberry Lake 50, I will second that, having done most of it before it was completed ;-}.
A nicer hike would be down to High Falls(Oswagatchie River)then back to complete the Cranberry lake 50... Watch for Eagle...They are a nice bonus.