[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

[at-l] pack weight-1/3 body weight

Is that 25% of what you weigh or what you should weigh.  25% of the 
differential for me is full pack weight for some people.
Rich (who has the appetite of a thruhiker but sits at a desk all day)

> REI staff taught me a more conservative rule: no more than 25% body 
> weight. I like this rule. It forces me to keep the pack weight below 
> 40 lbs, except in winter.
> REI especially emphasized this recommendation for children. Evidently 
> extra pack weight is hard on growing kids bodies, and I'm sure it'd 
> improve their impression of the outdoors if they aren't suffering 
> under an exhausting load. I've seen too many scout groups pass by me 
> on the trail, the kids just look like inmates suffering under their 
> packs.
> >I have seen this old saw written by people who write books, and 
> >heard it quoted by all the gurus of the trail.
> >
> >Anybody have any idea where it came from and the rationale?
> >
> -- 
> Arthur D. Gaudet         	"Is walking down called hiking, too?"
> (RockDancer)  	                 -heard at the top of Mt Washington, NH
> _______________________________________________
> AT-L mailing list
> AT-L@mailman.backcountry.net
> http://mailman.backcountry.net/mailman/listinfo/at-l