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#38233 - 07/14/07 08:44 PM Bear Lockers
Ishi Offline
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Registered: 07/11/07
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Loc: Santa Cruz, CA

Quick Question,

Are there individual bear lockers for the backpacker campsites at the Whitney Portal Trailhead? I'm referring to the ones that are first come, first serve. Do they have their own lockers individual to the site or do I have to use the communal ones?

Thanks in advance.

- Ishi

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#38245 - 07/15/07 05:05 PM Re: Bear Lockers [Re: Ishi]
Ed Offline
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Registered: 07/08/04
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Ishi, as I remember it, they are communal as are the sites. I'll be in the Ishi wilderness in September covering some of Mill Creek. Love that area.

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#38251 - 07/15/07 07:44 PM Re: Bear Lockers [Re: Ishi]
wbtravis5152 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/02
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They took the semi-individual bear boxes out of the hiker-in sites 3 or 4 years ago...at least.

The communal ones are located at the main entrance of the hiker-in campsites and in the overflow parking lot.

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#38253 - 07/15/07 08:11 PM Re: Bear Lockers [Re: Ishi]
RJLA Offline
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Registered: 07/05/07
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Loc: N.L.V., NV.
When using the lockers, just be sure not to over load them. Cramming them causes the stuff inside to jamb against the locking mechanism You end up tilting the locker up on its backside so the things inside slide away from the mechanism.

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#38256 - 07/15/07 08:52 PM Re: Bear Lockers [Re: RJLA]
Ken Offline
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Registered: 01/29/03
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It also helps to put your stuff in small-med boxes, rather than just bags, so stuff can be stacked without crushing other's stuff.

Also, PLEASE label with name/date leaving. Stuff without labels gets removed periodically to make space. (People sometimes forget to get their stuff, and as the season progresses, stuff accumulates).

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#38260 - 07/15/07 10:37 PM Re: Bear Lockers [Re: Ken]
wbtravis5152 Offline
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While we are at it, don't put your copy of War and Peace and Arrowhead Spring Water bottles in the bear boxes. These are not bear food stuffs. Yes, I've seen both in the lockers.


Edited by wbtravis5152 (07/15/07 10:37 PM)

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#47774 - 05/28/08 01:41 PM Re: Bear Lockers [Re: Ishi]
newcomtd Offline
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Registered: 05/27/08
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Loc: OH
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It also helps to put your stuff in small-med boxes, rather than just bags, so stuff can be stacked without crushing other's stuff.


What are the approximate dimensions of the lockers? Will storing 5-6 days of food for a group of four be a problem?

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#47791 - 05/28/08 05:07 PM Re: Bear Lockers [Re: newcomtd]
Ken Offline
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I don't know the dimensions, but they are pretty big. One of the problems is that the height is kind of wasted, as if stuff is in bags, you can't stack, and the space above is lost. That amount of food shouldn't be a problem, if in stacked boxes.

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#47805 - 05/28/08 10:09 PM Re: Bear Lockers [Re: Ishi]
summit scott Offline
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Registered: 10/17/05
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Loc: in the OC and out of my mind
This is a great trip. I did it some years back in 4 days. I was not in shape and carrying too much, but it was still doable.
Day 1: Vidette Meadow
Day 2: Tyndall Creek
Day 3: Guitar Lake
Day 4: Whitney Portal
For the record, bears regularly prowl the lakes below Forrester Pass and down to Tyndall. Bear boxes are placed well to allow for many options.
Enjoy!!!

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#47813 - 05/29/08 08:13 AM Re: Bear Lockers [Re: newcomtd]
wbtravis5152 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/02
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Originally Posted By: newcomtd
Quote:
It also helps to put your stuff in small-med boxes, rather than just bags, so stuff can be stacked without crushing other's stuff.


What are the approximate dimensions of the lockers? Will storing 5-6 days of food for a group of four be a problem?


The problem with the bear boxes in public areas are there are not enough of them, stuff is put in them that doesn't need to be in them and some utilize them as trash cans.

The answers to that question is it depends. We have had our best luck with the boxes in the overflow parking area.


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