Re: Packing a Backpack - Tips
Ken Weir (weir@SCIEX.COM)
Wed, 31 May 1995 08:10:50 -0400
The most important thing to remember in packing is that some items have
multiple uses! A second pair of shorts (other than uniform) doubles as a
bathing suit! Garbage bags for ponchos and such as this are of extreme
importance for lightweight packing. Also a good underpad will do just as
well as a heavy cot (2 inch or better compact foam rolls nicely into a 12"
roll that can be strapped to your pack and weighs less than a pound). [I
don't understand the need for an air mattress if you have a cot! or vice
Also I'm taking from the list that you aren't carrying your own food (what
a relief) because that would most definately add a great amount of weight.
Personally I've done a weekend cycling trip without paniers (saddlebags)
with all gear strapped on my back (total weight 60 pounds) including food,
tent and shared equipment for a total distance of 40 miles. That's not to
much as long as its loaded evenly.
Your biggest problem is the weight distribution for hiking. as long as the
weight is neither pulling you back or pushing you forward, you should be
The important thing is that the pack is loaded such that you are carying
the weight at your hips and waist. If you are using your shoulders, you'll
get tired very quickly.
I hope that this is useful to all.
Ken Weir, Troop Scouter
10th Oshawa Salvation Army Scouts
OSHAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA
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