I'm planning a hike in the Bob Marshall Wilderness for late August of this year, with two hiking buddies. We all live in NYC, hike throughout the year, but have mercifully discovered the West in recent years.
To those of you in the know...
1) How "no camping allowed" are the no camping allowed areas near the Chinese Wall? I don't want to seem facetious with a question like that, but we are certainly looking to spend at least one night camping out that isn't at a lean-to, as we're finding it a bit tricky figuring out a decent 6 day loop hike (as we'll only be using one car). We'd love to camp in this area because, well, it's meant to be very beautiful.
2) What would be an appropriate hiking day interval (8, 10, 15 miles) for a 6 day, 5 night hike, given your experience of this terrain? I realize this is a seriously general question, but a rough guide would help us plan our route.
3) How appropriate is it to hike off trail? Is it generally safe to do so?
4) Bears. We have always used the PCT bear-hang method, and have never had real problems as where we hike there're just black bears and the odd moose. We've taken to referring to our bear-hang as a critter-hang. Needless to say, we're reading up on all the available bear safety techniques, and will be employing UL appropriate measures. Nonetheless, this seemingly silly question is plaquing one in our group — after you eat at your designated eating area, your food smell sticks to your clothes. Is it safe to wear these clothes to your tent? What do you do, if not (carrying sleeping clothes became redundant long ago)?
Thanks for indulging me!