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I've been thinking of doing some overnight camping alone. The first time might be in Croton Point Park where I'll test things out. Then maybe on the Long Trail or the AT when it's crowded. After that maybe I'll join a hiking group (the cheap ones seem to require "experienced beginners" or better). Is there a nice stretch of four-wall shelters on a trail that's not too far from NYC (like within 50 miles)? A good fossil location would be a plus.
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Here in the east, I don't think you'll have anything to worry about bear wise, as long, as you keep you campsite relatively clean, and put your food and garbage in the car if you are car camping, or in a bear vault, or such if you are BPing.  As long as there is no food or garbage let out overnight, it shouldn't be an issue.  Nothing to worry about....squirrels, chipmunks and raccoons will probably cause more damage than a bear also.
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Try Harriman State Park...about an hours drive from the city.  The AT runs through it, along with many other trails. Do yourself a favor and pick up Harriman State Park Bear Mountain map set. There are no 4 wall shelters though. Don't be scared of bears...there are plenty of lean tos...shelters with 3 walls and a roof.

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Not that bears are a worry in your area but do your overnights in a place where bears are hunted and they'll stay as far away from you as they can.

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I actually found a section on the Long Trail with enclosed shelters. It's good for rainy days even if you're not afraid of bears. The privy and water availability seem better than on the AT too.

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if your only defense against bears is a door, what happens if the bear breaks down the door?
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It's just an extra defense. It would have helped in this case. But those guys put their food on top of the shelter. I have no experience camping but I bet I would have found a way to hang the food from a tree.
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Dude, I solo in grizzly country (as do some others here) and just take standard precautions. I've had lots of encounters but no problems. You're in black bear country and except for places like Shenandoah and the Smokies where bears cannot legally be hunted, you have nothing to worry about. You're really getting worked up over nothing.

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Hotels have 4 walls
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Hostels...and they cheap

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Snark aside, don't go camping alone until you have more experience. If you'll look around this site and others like it, you'll see that with precautions, your chance of even encountering a bear is quite possibly a once in a lifetime experience, usually enjoyed from afar.

They don't like people. They like our food, though. That's why you hang it in a bear can some distance away from your site.

What you're more likely to encounter are mice and other rodents, at least in Harriman. In the Catskills, porcupines are the culprit. They'll eat your shoes for the salt.

Try the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference meetup group. They're always happy to see people taking their free on-trail courses. It's a great opportunity to gain experience.

For a little light reading before you join, check this: Gear forum


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