I can not see all the times I saw someone crossing a path with a package that hurts looking at my back. Once I saw a boy who had a backpack with a huge inner frame and was so light that he was bent at the waist at a 30% angle. And worst of all, his sleeping bag hung from behind him, spinning back and forth, hitting the back of his thighs. Only when I looked at him did I get immediate back pain! So here are some tips to help you avoid the same mistake that gentlemen made.
Unfortunately, there are as many opinions as there are budget programs in Congress, but there are a few constitutions that will help reduce the strain on your body and make your trip to the AB desert more enjoyable:
1 Bring heavy objects as close to your body as possibleLast summer we saw some kids walking around the Beaten Path with heavily loaded internal frame packs. One of the kids had something big stuck to the back of his pack. When they were loading their luggage, the man almost turned back!
2 Lift heavy objects and get as close to your body as possible. Sounds a little weird, but heavy things have to go up – unless you know you’re rock climbing. The higher it goes, the more you can focus it on your hips. Look at the natives of African countries – they carry large and heavy baskets on their heads. This places the weight directly on the spine, allowing them to keep their backs straight and the load balanced. Others carry two large buckets on an arrow on their shoulders – again, the weight is forward and more on the spine and hence their hips.
3 Balance the package. I always seem to have trouble balancing my weight. If you place the tent on one side, remove the beams and place them on the other side. If you can not find something to balance the weight of the tent, put the roll of wood and tent poles on top of the package after everything inside. Balance is very important. There is nothing worse than having a left and right package.
4 Use space It’s amazing how much you can get in a pack if you use your head. If you have a pot or container used for cooking, fill it with something before filling it. This is a simple common sense.
5 Leave clothes and other deformable items until the last minute. They can be placed in the space that remains closed after anything else.
6 Add items that you should reach for periodically It is attached to your outer pockets or to your shoulder straps. Things like drink cups, food, pepper spray, compass, map, etc. should be easily accessible, so if you do not have water in a 5 minute break, you have to dig into the packages.
7 Place items that are not damaged by moisture (And weigh a little) closed outside. I usually add two sleeping pads (yes, I’m getting old) to the top and back of the package. These are foam pads and if they get wet, well, I can clean them before throwing them in the tent.
8 Sleeping bags. It’s always hard to get where you really want to be. In some cases, depending on the time of year, your bag may be the heaviest item you can pack other than a tent. It may also be the largest case. With our outer frame packages, they are usually placed in a traditional place – under the bag. If you use an internal frame pack, try to raise it – as high as you can – and get as close to your body as possible.
9 a gun When I used to carry a handgun for protection (I now carry a pepper spray), I pulled forward a compact, large-caliber automatic loader in a mortal package. It pushes the weight forward, not onto my overloaded shoulders, but most importantly, it was available in a second or two.
10 Food. There is no real science here; Place the food in the appropriate place and try to leave the material and equipment that you may want to easily bring the outer pockets close to the closed surface.
This is enough information to get you started. The key is to use your head – well not literally.