Originally Posted by kwchannell89
With two people, I wouldn't worry about about bears. Ditch the mace, my friend. I had this conversation with the park ranger, if the shelter is full you are allow to hang around it. ....I might see you somewhere along the way!!!
Thanks Kw, to clarify I will alone for the first few days, I meant for the girlfriends peace of mind while she is at home. But I will take everyone's advice and skip the mace. I'm not afraid of bears, especially black bears, and I've had a close encounter with a giant male up in Canada before. I've just heard of smokies bears being persistent and stealing people's packs from right next to them. I don't want to get jacked by some theiving thug bear lol.
I shudder at the idea if sleeping on a shelter bunk lol. I'll just hang close and politely deal with any ranger if I see one.
Cool I hope to see you out there!