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RE: [at-l] Packs/More Money/Random stuff
- Subject: RE: [at-l] Packs/More Money/Random stuff
- From: Ronald Moak <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 28 Jan 1997 08:34:31 -0800
>As much as I thought and hoped I could use the internal frame that I
>already own for my thru hike, I can't. Over the weekend I packed her up
>with virtually all the gear I plan to take. Then I said, "Oh #$(&@!" =
>was no room for food! So, I unpacked and re-packed, a little better, =
>have enough room (barely), but with the pack this full it's not as =
>or comfortable, putting too much weight on my shoulders. Now I realize
>I'll just bite the bullet and shell out cash for another pack (damn how
>many times have I come to realize that my exisiting gear, although =
>stuff and great for what I bought it for, is not adequate for a =
Before you go out a shell out $150+ for a new pack, reevaluate what you =
are carrying. There
are people who have successfully hiked the trail with packs no bigger =
than an oversize day pack.
Go through each piece of equipment and ask yourself when, how and how =
often you plan on using it. Unless it for medical purposes, ditch it if =
you can only imagine using it once every week or so.
If your planning on carrying a full size 20 deg. sleeping bag. Consider =
a smaller lighter 40 deg. summer bag. Maine can get real hot in June. =
The smaller bag has less space and weight. Very important for your =
muscles when just starting out. Our summer bags have 1.5 inches of =
insulation on the top and none on the bottom. There is a sleeve on the =
bottom of the bag to put your pad so you don't slip off. We've slept in =
them in the low 30's. Chilly but doable. At 1.5 pounds they are =
certainly lighter that our full bags.
Small packs can be your friend by making you evaluate need vs. want. =
Large packs act like a vacuum. Once you open them, they'll get filled.
Remember "Weight Is Everything"
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