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    Yosemite Trip

    Planning to backpack in Yosemite NP in Aug-Sept 2020. Looking at the 10 Lakes area. Is anyone familiar with area. Hoping to Hammock camp with my two sons and catch some fish. I am hoping someone might have some information about this area. Thanks.

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    No info about that specific area but I would offer the obvious suggestions to bring bear spray for everyone, keep your food in an Ursack or bear can and hang that at least 100' away from, and down wind from your camp site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Runner View Post
    No info about that specific area but I would offer the obvious suggestions to bring bear spray for everyone, keep your food in an Ursack or bear can and hang that at least 100' away from, and down wind from your camp site.
    Pretty sure bear spray is prohibited in Yosemite. Also don’t think Ursacks are approved for use.

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    Bear cans for the win. Hate the **** things, but unfortunately necessary for the smart bears in Yosemite.

    Don’t know what suspension you’re planning on using, but some of those conifers are huge. I used 8’ tree straps and whoopies, and sometimes that was tight.

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    I have the Ligher1 and the lil' Sam. Both have worked great in the Smokys. I see they are on the list. I did not realize that bear spray was not allowed. I do have long straps 12`x 1". I will have to check to see what my son's have. They are just getting into hammock camping.

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    I have hammock camped 6 different years in Yosemite. 2018 was my last year out there and unfortunately couldn’t even get into Yosemite due to the fires. Ended up in Kings canyon though and thoroughly enjoyed it! Definitely bring big straps. Bear canisters are mandatory and you’ll get an ear full from other hikers if they see you hanging food (learned this the hard way). Definitely plan for cold nights. I showed up the first year like more Floridians I’m sure expecting warm nights and nearly died of exposure in Tuolumne. I’ve done the White Wolf to Tenya Lake and I promise you unless you are acclimated to 10k foot elevation, do yourself a favor and spend your first night in White Wolf (assuming you’re going west to East) just getting used to the elevation. I took me twice as long to hike the trail as I had originally planned. The first five miles will be over 2,000 feet of elevation gain and you’ll still have one more pass after that before getting to the lake. I don’t say it to discourage you but to help you plan. It’s not like climbing 2k feet on the east coast lol! We saw black bears every day on that trail and remember they are generally brown in color which freaked me out the first morning I had one wander into our camp. I felt like a suspended burrito in my WB XLC! The views are epic though and definitely it lesser traveled trail for Yosemite. If you haven’t download Gaia make sure to do that and it’ll be a great way to plan your hike.

    I don’t want to give you a bunch of info on traveling into the park in case you’re also familiar with travel into California but if you’d like some tips on getting from the airport to the park and how to get back to your vehicle after the hike let me know and I’ll be happy to share more information with you.

    In the meantime, here is a video link of a hammock trip I took in the Sierras. Might help you plan for your trip a little bit. Remember, pack light then take more stuff out of your pack!

    https://youtu.be/oBM_W1iS9MU
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    Thanks for the help. I am used to packing light as I am working on the Appalachian Trail. Do you use a gopro? Nice Video.

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    Take a peek at these links but these are several links to *Bear Managment - *Food Storage - *General Practices

    https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/natur...management.htm

    https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/bears.htm

    https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvis...rcanisters.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by raggydoo View Post
    Pretty sure bear spray is prohibited in Yosemite. Also don’t think Ursacks are approved for use.
    I was told that the ursack was fine for Yosemite. I hope that was the case, because that's what I used!

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