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Food caches along the JMT?

Postby Elwood » Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:35 am

Does anyone know if there's a bearbox near the campground at Red's meadow? Also, would it be o.k. to leave 2-days worth of food in a marked grocery bag at the bearboxes at Red's & Tuolumne?



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Re: Food caches along the JMT?

Postby fishmonger » Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:42 am

Elwood wrote:Does anyone know if there's a bearbox near the campground at Red's meadow? Also, would it be o.k. to leave 2-days worth of food in a marked grocery bag at the bearboxes at Red's & Tuolumne?


At Reds, the store will keep your food - $1/day I think. If you put it into the bear boxes, especially near the hot showers, it will become a "hiker box" and everyone will grab what they like...

Lots of bear boxes there, each camp site has one large one. Find a long-term hiker and ask if you can store it for a few days in their box if you don't want to pay the store their small fee.

Tuolumne is similar, except the store won't take it. Mail to self and pick up at the PO window in the store, or ask the hiking supply store if they do it for you. Tons of bear boxes in the campground, but you need to find somebody who will watch over it while you're not there.
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Re: Food caches along the JMT?

Postby Elwood » Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:05 am

Thanks! I like both options at Red's & Tuolumne. Also, can I get small fuel Canisters for my Pocket Rocket at both places? And, can I count on a cooked breakfast & dinner at these spots?
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Re: Food caches along the JMT?

Postby gary c. » Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:47 am

I don't know how up to date this link is but I thought it might be of interest. You can even the GPS waypoints for bear lockers.

http://climber.org/data/BearBoxes/map.html
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Re: Food caches along the JMT?

Postby fishmonger » Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:20 pm

Elwood wrote:Thanks! I like both options at Red's & Tuolumne. Also, can I get small fuel Canisters for my Pocket Rocket at both places? And, can I count on a cooked breakfast & dinner at these spots?


if you can digest the food... yeah. Meadow Grill at TM, and a restaurant across from the store at RM.

Fuel should be there, but not sure about all the types they carry. Anything that's popular these days should be there.

got some relevant links top right of the below web page

http://didnt.doit.wisc.edu/outdoor/Muir ... _links.htm
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Re: Food caches along the JMT?

Postby Snow Nymph » Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:45 pm

Be sure if you mail to the PO, you don't plan to pick up on a Sunday. It took awhile, but they were able to find a key to get our cache.
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Re: Bear boxes in Tuolomne

Postby snusmumriken » Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:34 pm

I've left supplies in the bear boxes in Tuolomne many times, and they have always been there untouched when I returned.
There are bear boxes at each trail head, the idea is that they want people to empty out their cars of any extra food they may have brought and store it in the bear boxes. The nice thing is that they have a lot of boxes, so they don't tend to fill up. Glen Aulin trail head is the one just beyond the parking lot for Lembert Dome, its the closest to the grill and store.

When I was last in Reds meadow the restaurant served hamburgers all the time, and a special dinner menu that varies each night. Problem is you're supposed to reserve your dinner spot by 2 pm - otherwise your choices are limited to burgers.

Tuolomne grill is regular hamburger fare as well. The Tuolomne Lodge, a mile from the store and campground, has better food.
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Re: Food caches along the JMT?

Postby Elwood » Sat Jun 13, 2009 9:14 pm

Snusmumriken, Thanks for the post! I'm going to drop a cache at Reds, either in the bearboxes or at the store, depending on when I get there? Then on our way into Yosemite, I'll drop another one at Tuolomne. My last resupply will be at Vermilion, boy! was that box heavy, I just mailed via UPS to them. I'm not looking forward to that load my last 9-days!
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Re: Bear boxes in Tuolomne

Postby sierranomad » Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:39 am

snusmumriken wrote:I've left supplies in the bear boxes in Tuolomne many times, and they have always been there untouched when I returned.


What's the longest that you've left food there?
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Re: Leaving food in Tuolomne bear box

Postby snusmumriken » Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:18 am

Mostly I've left my supplies there for just a few days while I'm on a trip. Often pack the canister at the trail head, deciding at the last minute which lunches and dinners to take with me, leaving the remainder in the bear box.
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Re: Food caches along the JMT?

Postby sierranomad » Sun Jun 14, 2009 1:09 pm

OK, thanks. I'm going to be in TM (on a trip unrelated to JMT) 7 days before I will be there for resupply. I guess I could leave it, and in the worst case scenario that some or all of it is taken I could buy resupply at the store.
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Re: Food caches along the JMT?

Postby pvalovich » Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:20 am

A heads up - a few years ago the ranger was removing what she thought was cached food from the bear boxes in the Tyndal Creek area. She had received complaints that the cached food prevented on-site folks from using the boxes. Not sure what the right solution is - but it would be a real bummer to be dependent upon a suddenly non-existent food cache around Forrester.
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