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I read a trip report today from someone who hiked the John Muir Trail in CA.
He made numerous references to counter balancing the food bags; the bears
out west evidently have the cub chew through the rope holding the food bags.
It sounds like they have some mighty persistent bears out there. My
question is: has anyone had problems this year in the East, and specifically
on the AT? I'm planning a trip to the Smokies in Oct, and one campsite I
selected is closed due to heavy bear activity. Should I plan to counter
balance rather than tie the rope off to the tree? Exactly how does one
counter balance two bags? I seem to remember reading about it somewhere but
can't remember exactly how it's done.