Name: Kim Kovacs
Location: Portland, OR
Occupation: Systems Engineer
Total Mileage: 410.6
Kayaking, XC skiing (although I'm not very good at it), snowshoeing. Beyond the outdoors, I like arts events (plays, orchestra concerts, opera) and I love to read.
Paradise Park on Mt. Hood in mid-August; Goat Rocks; Ruckle Ridge Scramble
Garmin GPS, K2 external frame backpack, Osprey Talon day pack.
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By kendalla on 07/18/2011 10:24
Thanks for the report. I saw on the Park Service web site that they recommend bear canisters for food and garbage. Do you use one? It sounds like it might be a convenient way to carry food on any backpack trip, not just in bear country, but I'm curious what your experiences are.
By erlall on 07/21/2011 11:31
Sounds like fun Kim! We hiked the trip over the extended 4th of July weekend. I concur, the trail is busy, but very pretty. Next month, one should be able to do a complete walk through to the opposite trail head. Regarding: kendalla and bear canisters. Personally, I cannot say I have ever used one. I simply bring some parachutte cord and hang my food away from where I am camping.... never had an issue. Cheers.
By Forrest on 08/05/2011 13:10
I own a couple bear canisters...we only generally bring them if there are bears or racoons in the area, but they make overnight food storage nice and easy and they make pretty decent chairs!
By PDXHiker on 08/22/2011 11:43
Rats, I didn't realize I had comments here! Regarding bear canisters, they're a really good idea in the Olympics simply because there are so many bears around. Otherwise, they've got their advantages and disadvantages. They make great chairs and it's great not having to search out a bear hang, particularly where it's difficult to find suitable limbs. However, they're extra weight. We opted to take ours to the Wallowas, but in retrospect the additional weight wasn't worth the convenience they provided.