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    sorry 'bout the bad link; not sure how that happened...
    Last edited by lkmi; 07-19-2022 at 21:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coffee View Post
    The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee list has, for some reason, not included the Wild Ideas Bearikade products.
    I've wondered why the Bearikade (which I use) isn't on that list... I suspect it has more to do with bureaucracy than effectiveness...

  3. #43


    Quote Originally Posted by Coffee View Post
    The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee list has, for some reason, not included the Wild Ideas Bearikade products. Perhaps because those canisters have only proven effective against black bears. Of course, there are no grizzlies on the AT, so I see no reason to not use the bearikade even if the AT is using the IGBC list in their press release. Which I assume is fine since these are recommendations, not government mandates.
    Barricades have been tested, and passed, for both Grizzlies and Black Bears. The testing just wasnít by the IGBC. Some national parks allow use of Bearicades (eg Yosemite), and some donít (eg Denali). Apparently there is no single national standard.
    Last edited by gpburdelljr; 07-19-2022 at 22:40.

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    The problem with a canister on the bottom of the pack is poor weight distribution if the canister has a lot of food in it. It's better to have the most dense items high and close to the body. A canister full of dense food would be a good example. There are assumptions here. I am only discussing packs that have waist belts intended to transfer the load to your hips and you are using a pack appropriate to the weight you are carrying. If you are crossing a potentially dangerous stream then weight may need to be lowered to further stabilize the pack after loosening pack straps and undoing your waist belt.

    Your waist and waist belt act like a hinge. When dense items are placed at the bottom of the pack, you must bend much further forward in order to move that mass toward your front/back center of gravity. Bending which is required just doesn't move the bottom of your pack much. When dense items are high and close to the back, you need to move only a very small angle to accomplish the same thing. Walking more upright is so much better for your back and shoulders. Because you are more upright and the weight is more directly over your waist belt, it is transferred to the belt and hence to the hips putting little to no weight on your back. Likewise there is little or no pressure on your shoulders nor on the shoulder straps. When your weight is down low and you must lean forward, the weight pulls back and down on your shoulder straps and your back.

    Yes your center of gravity is a little higher. You are not skiing. You quickly adjust. You carry poles to help you. You use a chest strap and tighter straps if needed at first. You learn to pack things so they don't bounce around. Loose things are bad in all cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpburdelljr View Post
    I wonder how many canisters get rolled off into the woods where the owner canít find it.
    I put reflective tape squares around the sides, top, & bottom on my cannisters. I tend to be an early riser & it is easy to find my cannister in the dark.
    2013 AT Thru-hike: 3/21 to 8/19
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    In addition to reflective tape I also have a Tile tracker in my canister.

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