Hey, Hope all is well and everyone is safe!
I have a small question and was in need of a bit of help from more experienced hikers that have done the AT. I'm about to go on the AT from Neel gap to sassafras gap. My question is if I would need a canister to store my food or will hanging the food be good? I've heard both sides but I wanted to ask someone a bit more knowledgeable in the subject and trail. So I came to REI!
@Jcastillo716, to answer the question - no. hanging or an ursack will be fine. But I doubt seriously that any of the thru hikers do so, maybe in great smokey mtns NP.
I mean, there are lots of bears, but with all the folks on the AT, you may not see any
I believe that a bear canister is required if you're going to camp around Blood Mountain, but I think that's the only stretch that actually requires one.
Seem to be a couple of places where bear cans are required if you camp there...
here is the official notice...ursacks are not approved...has to be a hard sided container
Also this article ...
which claims bear cans are required in these areas
here is the official notice...
I don't know how much of the AT passes through those areas.