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



I, too, have seen "too many scout groups pass by me on the trail, the kids
just look like inmates suffering under their packs."

This is another one of those "don't have a clue" among the leaders issue.

Last year I saw an "official" Scout troop WEB site that not only set a
"25%-of-body-weight" rule in their guideline, but advised that that was the
"in-the-pack" weight rule and advised moving items to their pockets or a
holster, or bags" on their belt when needed to get down to the 25% limit.

My three season FSO (from skin out) weight is less now than 18% (30 to
36/200) and my pack weight (w/ food & water) is about 10%.

I'll be doing a demo (hike-along) with a Boy Scout troop later this summer,
to help them see how it is done.

Chainsaw

----- Original Message -----
From: Arthur Gaudet <gaudet@mediaone.net>
To: <at-l@backcountry.net>
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 10:25 PM
Subject: Re: [at-l] pack weight-1/3 body weight


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> 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.
>
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