Re: Philmont Equipment
Benjamin Pharr (ben_pharr@GEOCITIES.COM)
Sat, 13 Dec 1997 22:07:19 -0600
Gary Weisenberger wrote:
> Our troop has several scouts going out to Philmont next summer. Each of
> the scouts have done a fair amount of backpacking and are looking toward
> getting newpacks. Their parents recently asked me about packs as
> Christmas presents.
> They asked me for ideas. Since I personally have never been to Philmont
> (my loss), I thought I might use the experience of this group as a
> resource.For those of you who have been there, do you have any
> suggestions on pack requirements or even specific packs / brand ?
> Any and all info will be appreciated and passed on. Thanks. YIS
> Gary "Doc" Weisenberger
> Troop 710
> Cincinnati, Ohio
My personal opinion is that the size, brand, and type of pack really
don't matter nearly as much as how the pack fits the kid. It needs to
have adjustable straps and a padded hipbelt. When the pack has weight in
it, the weight should set right on top of your hips.
Then there is the never-ending battle between external and internal
frame. I myself prefer internal frame, but opinions differ. I really
don't think one is better than the other, but each has their own
advantages and disadvantages.
I said before that the brand really doesn't matter, and as long as you
can count on it being durable, then you don't. Some of my favorites are
Gregory, Lowe, and North Face. There are several other good ones out
there though. Hope I've helped. Let me know if you need any other help.
Talk to you later.
Veteran Philmont & AT Backpacker
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City