scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: tall scouts and equipment
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Wed Jul 19 2000 - 06:47:18 CDT
You'll find what you need at www.campmor.com. For example North Face
makes bags that are long, up to 88 inches, and wide, wide regular, wide
long, etc. I became an ounce counter when I started backpacking, so I'd
look at the weight of the bag as well. Cheap bags are four to five
pounds. Good quality, but expensive bags are two pounds, four ounces.
I went with an internal frame pack, by Lowe, the Contour IV. I am not
six-six, but am six-two with a long torso. Lowe packs have several
places on them top adjust the yolk, up and down the spine of the pack,
shoulder straps (in, out, wide narrow), internal frame components to
mold them to your back, hip belt adjustments, chest strap adjustments.
Once again, not your $50 pack! I like Lowe, my son likes Gregory packs.
I think the most important thing to do first is to take several hikes
in your new gear, to make all the adjustments you need, before you get
to Philmont. It can take you up to an hour to learn of all the
adjustments possible, and your boys should be well used to the packs
before they go.
I'm not sure where you are located, but if you have a local retailer
who has packs, bags, etc., why not ask them? Plus, you could possibly
get some sort of satisfaction guarantee. Campmor is good, but not the
store down the street.
Another weight saving idea, popular at Philmont: instead of carrying a
two pound stainless steel cook set and silverware, carry one frisbee,
and one kevlar soup spoon. It becomes your pre-dinner entertainment
(throwing it), dinner plate and/or bowl, just wash and throw around to
dry, for after dinner entertainment. It weights about two ounces.
In conclusion, get good quality, light weight bags, packs and gear.
And count ounces. After about four hours on the trail, you can tell the
difference! That four pound bag weighs 40! And that's just taking you to
lunch break! You've got another three to four hours to go!