Sequoia/King's Canyon backpacking

8:41 a.m. on September 24, 2002 (EDT)
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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.

.:bg

9:00 a.m. on September 29, 2002 (EDT)
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Also, specifically I'm looking for advice on:

- bear management: canister (rentable?), rope, or other?

http://www.nps.gov/seki/bear_bc.htm

is the Sequoia/King's Canyon official page on bears in the backcountry.

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