I'm going to be in the backcountry in the park(s) for 4 nights/5 days in mid-October. I'm sure it can and does snow/hail/rain at all times of year, but being an easterner, I'm not sure what the "schedule" for snow and cold is. Can I *expect* it? I don't have an exact route laid out yet, so I need to talk in general terms about equipment, etc. Any general advice, route suggestions (25-50 miles), or must-sees are welcome. Also, specifically I'm looking for advice on:
- sleeping bag: -20F, +20F or +40F(plus down jacket)
- shelter: 2 man tent, bivy, or generic tarp
- bear management: canister (rentable?), rope, or other?
I'm going to need to be completely packed a week in advance, so last minute weather checks won't be an option in deciding what to bring.
Thanks for any/all advice/comments.