Re: My First Frame Pack
Thu, 9 Apr 1998 22:39:44 -0400
At 09:13 AM 4/7/98 -0400, Hahn haven wrote:
My question is, what is a routine packing order, what do you put where,
>what do you put on the outside, do you wrap your sleeping bag in plastic? for
>rain, etc., etc.
>GSCNC, Nation's Capital
This question can be answered in as many ways as there are people out
there, I unfortunately have to say. There are three major camps though.
One camp is to put all the weight on top. Another is to put it all on the
bottom. The third is to forget about how you distribute the weight, and
put stuff where it fits. This basically comes down to the pack you get.
In general, the majority of the people pack in the following fashion when
dealing with external frame packs:
Sleeping bag is wrapped in plastic and attached to the frame below the pack
with bungee or straps.
Ground pad and ground cloth is packed rolled together and strapped across
the top with bungee or straps.
Water and fule bottles are on the lowest outside pockets.
Clothing is in the lower compartment (or the loweset in the pack)
everything else, including food, gets distributed where it will fit.
Things that are needed during the trip (GORP, First Aid, Rain Gear, maps,
etc.) is put in an easily accessable spot.
This system works well with most people and their packs. Weather proofing
the equiptment is the other question. I fully reccomend that you spend the
$20 and get a pack cover. This does many things. First is helps protect
your pack from the rain, even if you decide that you don't want to wear the
poncho that will cover it and get wet. The other thing is that it makes
the pack look very presentable. It covers everything up, and if you have a
mess hanging off the pack, you can't see it. A third thing it does is
collect all the odds and ends that fall off the pack, if you pack
improperly with things hanging by threads all over the pack.
I hope this helps. As I said, everyone packs in a different way. You need
to expirment with packing and discover your way. There is no wrong way to
pack, as long as it works for you. The major thing to work with when
packing is to know where everything is.
Robert M. Lewis
Backpacker since 1989.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City