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Do Glacier National Park (USA) backcountry camps have bear poles / bear canisters?

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In Glacier National Park (USA), there are 63 backcountry campgrounds. I looked at the backcountry campground website including the map and campsite information. Are there bear poles/boxes at backcountry sites? This forum post from 2008 states that All of the designated backcountry sites have bear poles or bear boxes. So its not necessary to bring a canister., but the park website states in its gear list to bring 25 feet of rope for hanging food and garbage.

That would seem to be in contradiction, because if the bear poles are anyway like the ones I saw in the semi-developed campgrounds at Jasper National Park (Canada) in 2014, then it means hikers would not need to bring rope for hanging food and garbage, as this is would be the bear poles.

Do some or all of the backcountry campgrounds in Glacier National Park (USA) have bear poles, bear boxes, or some other way with which hikers can store food safe from bears and other animals? Or must hikers still bring gear to hang food or bear canisters themselves?

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I was there last summer. All the back country campgrounds that I stayed at had bear "poles". They were usually 2 poles in the ground about 10 feet apart, with another pole connecting the two across the top. The string is used to tie your gear together, throw over the pole across the top, then hoist and tie off. I'll see if I can find a picture later.

An example of what they look like. enter image description here https://mk0backpackinglqilgm.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/bpfed/glacier_national_park_many_glacier_loop_1613.jpg

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