Counterbalancing often fails in these parks. The bears have learned to defeat it, and many areas do not have trees that are the right size and shape to use it. Please consider using a canister.
Note: Canisters are required in several locations and strongly encouraged throughout the wilderness.
If you do choose to hang food in a tree, any method other than counterbalancing will probably not protect it. Hang food only when storage boxes or canisters are not available. (You will receive a copy of this information when you pick up your wilderness permit.)