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Hello All,

I'm about to embark on my first solo trip down the lost coast (Mattole to BS). I've done it before with friends so not too worried. But people keep bringing up bears and now I'm freaking myself out. Should I bring airhorn and bear spray? Also, I heard that they run from dogs but I know the coast could tear up her paws something fierce. Any advice you have for bears or solo travel is welcomed. Thanks!

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Hi!

I have been planning on doing the Timberline Trail in early August for some time. Unfortunately, all of my friends who wanted to do it have since dropped off. Am I crazy to do a 42 mile trip alone as a novice? I've done one single night solo trip before and about four 2-3 night trips with friends. I have a pretty light setup and it is a popular trail.

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Hello! Looking for some advice on my itinerary for our upcoming backpacking trip into The Enchantments in WA. We feel extremely lucky to have scored a permit. As with most people, we would have preferred to get a Core Zone permit that would allow us to camp in any of the areas, however, we got a permit for the Snow Zone.

From my research, I see that many people can thru-hike the Enchantments. Starting at Snow Lake TH and ending at the Stuart Lake TH or vice versa.

We will be going for 4 days and 3 nights. I am not sure about which TH to start our trip. From the info that I’ve found, people who have the snow zone permit usually spend their first day starting at the Snow Lake TH and find a camp in that zone followed by doing day hikes into the Core Zone.

I think that’s a fine idea, however, I really wanted to also see Colchuck Lake. And because of this, I thought about taking the thru-hike route. The alternate route I was thinking about taking was to start at the Stuart Lake TH, head to Colchuck Lake, up Aasgard Pass, through the enchantment lakes, and then to lower snow lakes where we would set up camp- this is all done in 1 day. Is that crazy? Is that even possible with our packs? Then the following days, we could go back into the Core Zone to explore some more. Then finish off our trip exiting out the Snow Lake TH.

Any advice you can give on this idea or any other feasible itinerary w/ our snow zone permit would be so greatly appreciated. As a reminder, I also really wanted to see Colchuck Lake on this trip. I wasn’t able to find much information on a possible itinerary for those holding a snow zone permit.

TL;DR - We secured a Snow Zone TH permit and can’t seem to find good advice on an optimal itinerary -- especially one that includes Colchuck Lake. (most advice we've found discuss heading only as far as Aasgard Pass from Snow Zone)

Additional notes: - We are a mixed group with varied backpacking/thru-hiking experience. Some seasoned, but a few relatively green. - Our trip is in early August

THANKS IN ADVANCE!!

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Anyone have experience with these? I’m about to move to griz country and often find myself making solo backcountry excursions. I’ve done some long trips in the area before, but have been irrationally terrified in my tent at night.

How easy are they to set up? Are they worth schlepping in?

I practice good bear awareness, food precautions, and all that, but would like to have a little additional peace of mind. However irrational, the fear of a giant griz making a human taco out of me sleeping in my tent isn’t going away.

Specifically looking at relatively light weight units like this one from UDAP.

I’d originally posted this in another sub, but realized that it was probably geared more toward the front country camping and day hike crowd (no shade on them). Thought I might be able to find someone with actual experience using a similar product here.

Also, I’m focused on using the fence on extended trips into places like the Bob Marshall Wilderness, if you’re curious. Can’t always find a partner to go with, and anticipate taking some solo trip.

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