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    NOT LEGAL in many places through out the country,...

    NOT LEGAL in many places through out the country, and I've heard stories of mice chewing thru tents to get at food smells inside.

    In GSMNP, every back country campsite has bear cables (which you...
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    You need to carry enough to get you to the next...

    You need to carry enough to get you to the next water source...
    But something else to consider... Time. If you carry a minimum amount of water, you're constantly stopping to filter water.
    What I...
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    I use what some call a "mouse mobile"... ...

    I use what some call a "mouse mobile"... Basically hang the food under an funnel (wide side to the ground).

    Take something like a 1 gallon juice bottle. Cut the top off at the point the top...
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    IF you need a synthetic fill bag, one exception...

    IF you need a synthetic fill bag, one exception to the rule of thumb (on stuff size) is the Mountain Hardware Ultra Lamina and Hyper Lamina series.
    {Unfortunately, it looks like Mountain Hardware is...
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    Those exact coordinates are a little off the...

    Those exact coordinates are a little off the trail down a hill.
    But I might see a little something at 35.999697,-82.480260 (can't say for sure).
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    I tried searching Google Earth a little south of...

    I tried searching Google Earth a little south of the gap. I'm not sure what I see, but I seem to see something that doesn't look like a tree (but could be an odd shadow from trees):
    36.007166,...
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    I've never been there myself, so I don't know...

    I've never been there myself, so I don't know where this is.
    But looking at Google Earth...

    I find a place called Whistling Gap at 36.018443, -82.437636 along the AT.

    A little more than 1/2...
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    Hanging food on the bear cables in GSMNP isn't...

    Hanging food on the bear cables in GSMNP isn't going protect your food from the mice... They climb the bear cables.
  9. The "NOC" has a retail outlet in Gatlinburg at...

    The "NOC" has a retail outlet in Gatlinburg at the entrance to the National Park:
    https://noc.com/retail-locations/noc-gatlinburg
  10. True, the use of bear canisters alone isn't going...

    True, the use of bear canisters alone isn't going to totally make bear/people encounters go away. As you say, a step in the right direction, but not the universal solution.
  11. While that might work where people are sparsely...

    While that might work where people are sparsely camping... that is VERY bad advice for areas where people repeatedly camp... specifically GSMNP where everyone is required to camp at limited camping...
  12. The idea behind bear canisters is to retrain the...

    The idea behind bear canisters is to retrain the bears people (and their canisters) are not a source of food.

    They are supposed to find the canisters, try getting into it for a while, and...
  13. Not all 20 mile trips are the same. I once...

    Not all 20 mile trips are the same. I once shuttled from Porter Creek Trail Head. It's located only 4 miles from 321, but the shuttle driver has to account for the fact that this is a 15mph bumpy...
  14. Keep in mind that your 14 mile shuttle is...

    Keep in mind that your 14 mile shuttle is actually a 28 mile drive for the shuttle driver and requires about an hour round-trip (excluding the time they spend between "home base" and Gatlinburg).
    ...
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    Are you looking for a used one to save a few...

    Are you looking for a used one to save a few bucks? Because I can find plenty of new ones
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    While bear canisters are generally not "required"...

    While bear canisters are generally not "required" on the AT, they still have lots of benefits:
    1. Saves time compared to trying to hang your food.
    2. Keeps you from considering the questionable...
  17. Before you start throwing out definitions... you...

    Before you start throwing out definitions... you first need to determine what the "rules" are for where ever you might be going that requires a "bear canister".

    For example, I found the...
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    I think part of the problem is that you have to...

    I think part of the problem is that you have to "bend" the plastic lid so that the tabs can pass the "locking" tab.
    One morning on the JMT, a neighboring camper came over for help trying to get into...
  19. That's the issue Ursack has been facing out in...

    That's the issue Ursack has been facing out in Yosemite for years... The company has tried over and over, and has resorted to law suits because Yosemite National Park has refused to include any...
  20. The rules are different everywhere you go......

    The rules are different everywhere you go...
    Hopefully, if the AT starts to require a canister, the rules will be the same for the full length of the trail.

    But I've generally seen bear canister...
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    I used the Bearikade for a JMT thru hike and...

    I used the Bearikade for a JMT thru hike and LOVED it... I liked being able to easily open it with a coin/washer compared to the BearVault that takes more of a medicine bottle approach. I also...
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    Some will say "several hundred feet from camp"......

    Some will say "several hundred feet from camp"... others will say "somewhere within ear shot".

    But the basic idea is that you want some distance between you and the bear canister. The idea is...
  23. That assumes there's someone there to give a...

    That assumes there's someone there to give a ticket...
    I'm always seeing "bad behavior" in GSMNP. But the problem is that there usually isn't anyone around to police the crowds. Only exception is...
  24. Generally speaking, bears are attracted to food,...

    Generally speaking, bears are attracted to food, but avoid people.
    The problem is when people with food use the same spot over and over, and either leave food unattended or leave food scraps behind....
  25. I guess I would need to see the exact wording of...

    I guess I would need to see the exact wording of the new regulations within Title 36.

    But what you seem to be saying is that the new regulations indicate a Class 2 bike is allowed (where ever...
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