Bob Washburn (rwashbu@SIUE.EDU)
Fri, 6 Dec 1996 13:59:59 -0600
>On Fri, 6 Dec 1996 11:48:56 PST Robert M Lewis <science_guy@JUNO.COM>
>> Make sure that the load is riding on the hips, not
>>the shoulders. This meas that the hipbelt must fit snugly. This can
>>be hard for the 11 year old scout. I was there, and I survived having
>>a loose hipbelt throught my first couple of trecks.
Few things will turn a boy off to hiking than a poor fitting backpack.
Carrying the load on the shoulders tires the wearer much faster. The boys
who have the hardest time fitting the hip belts are usually the smallest to
start with. I learned the hard way to check fit on the scouts before you get
to the trailhead. I also require a weigh in of the packs a week ahead of
time. Yes they will survive an overloaded pack that doesn't fit, but you
want them to come back next time.
If you get a pack held in place with clevis pins, buy extra and mount them
in the unused adjustment holes in the pack frame. That way they will be
there when you need them, and you will. Some people remove the split rings
from the pins and wire them in place.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City