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Old 04-09-2010, 02:58 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Oh, actually I have one more question -- are bear canisters required in the Collegiates area or is hanging acceptable? Thanks to all for your help.
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Old 04-10-2010, 05:03 PM
 
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" Best bet for snow-free travel is Fourth of July through Labor Day"
Salida Colorado Hiking and Backpacking and Buena Vista Hiking and Backpacking in Chaffee County (http://www.coloradoheadwaters.com/Colorado-Hiking-and-Backpacking/Buena-Vista-Salida-Hiking-and-Backpacking-act7.htm - broken link)

We have found snowfields in July at high elevations backpacking the Colorado Trail.

While backpacking the Colorado trail & we usually hang our food bag as we do anywhere in the Colorado mountains. However, the last Colorado trail trip we all took Ursacks & enjoyed the easy convenience of simply tying them off as recommended. There is no bear canister requirement on the CT.

I recommend The Colorado Trail Guidebook & purchasing a rescue card to support
The Colorado Trail Home Page

They work so hard to maintain that trail as volunteers. The guidebook is so helpful with every level camp spot & water source.

We find the best advise for backpacking the CT to start early in the morning to be off of high ridges during afternoon lightning storms. The lightning storms can be and are fierce!
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Old 04-11-2010, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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By high elevation, I mean fourteeners. I want to scale the Collegiates and some of their neighbors.
Then you can expect to run into snow on the north facing slopes.

To answer your other question, bear cannisters are not required, as far as I know. I never use them in any case.
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