[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
[pct-l] Thru-Hikers and cans (was Scary bear story¬hangingfood)
> Any suggestions about what I could do to make my life better on trail?
> Should I spend even more on a bigger pack?
in my experience, here's the way it works:
The size of your pack is directly proportional to the amount of comfort
you will have "in camp" and inversely proportional to the amount of
comfort you will have while hiking.
In other words, the more crap that you carry means that you will be
more comfortable when in camp and while sleeping, however, this will
mean that your pack will be heavier and it will definitely be harder to
carry while hiking and you will get more fatigued and more tired and it
will be harder to cover the same distances that you would with a
lighter pack. Conversely, the lighter your pack, the easier it will be
to hike longer distances and you will cover more ground and be more
comfortable while on the trail, however, you might not have all the
creature-comforts in camp that you would like (ie: nice think and comfy
sleeping pad, a lantern, a chair, reading material, slippers, a dutch
oven, a pillow, etc).
Some people say "ultralight, feeze at night". Others who have thru-
hiked with nothing more than a bivy bag and no down sleeping bag swear
that they were comfortable enough to enjoy the hike. There is no hard
and fast answer to the question. You just have to find out what works
for YOU. Get plenty advice from people who have experience, but in the
end, you have to find out by trial and error.
http://fastmail.ca/ - Fast Secure Web Email for Canadians