Back in '89 when my wife and I did our thru hike, we didn't worry about bears, in fact we only saw two the whole trip. One just after SNP and one at Baxter.
As a new user visitor to this website and forums (great job all around!) it seems that all I read about are bears here there and everywhere.
We are getting back into hiking again, bought a place near Dawsonville, and are going to do the Amicolola approach trail to Springer and back at the end of October. We'll be hiking with a friend, novice hiker, and would like to know what thoughts others had on using bear canisters. We'll be overnighting at Springer.