Don't leave home without it
Some Times staffers have climbed the mountain and returned to tell their tales. Here are few pieces of gear they found essential.
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Critter-resistant container( Eric Boyd / LAT )
Among our fave food protectors is the Bearikade Expedition Mark II. The container features a composite carbon-fiber cylinder and metal parts that are made of strong, light, aircraft aluminum alloy. $245. (805) 693-0550, www.wild-ideas.net