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[pct-l] Cannisters & bugs

I've been lurking for about 3 weeks here, and finally feel promptecd to

I am Bob (how generic). I hiked the PCT in '97 with my daughter "Bug".  We
left Campo on April 20 gettting us out of Kennedy Meadows on June 7.  In the
south it was the little gnats in the oaks that drove me nuts, I don't
remember the mosquitos until we got to Tuolumne Meadows. From there on they
were pretty nasty until it dried out near Lassen.

In the Sierras we only were concerned about our food at the two camps we
stayed at that were established camps- then there were bear boxes.  For the
rest of our camps we camped high, ate dinner an hour or two before camp, and
kept the food in the tent.  We never saw a bear until in the Siskiyous.  All
the folks I know of that saw bears saw them in the established camp areas.
I can't possibly imagine hauling the weight of a bear canister.