May 4, 2012 at 9:30 am #1289536
I had major back surgery fusing 3 vertebrate and held together by 6 big screws and 2 pins. I thought I would never backpack again until I read a thread on BackpackingLight that encouraged me to try a lumbar pack. I put most of my stuff in a MountainSmith Daylight and less than 3 lbs in a Gossamer Gear RikSak. I've also found that I don't want to cook at the end of the day and I just want to get going in the morning so my next trip I'm leaving my stove, fuel and cook pot at home.
I tried to paste my list but the formatting collapsed. Here is the link to my blog (see Friday May 4th gear list): http://www.hikingfreedom.comMay 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm #1874416
List looks good to me but I'm not really qualified to comment on the SUL side of this world.
Question though… do you use the shoulder strap on the lumbar pack? (with a recovering back injury, would this negate the whole point of your system?) Without straps, do you notice it flopping or bouncing around in any kind of irritating way?
ThanksMay 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm #1874443
I don't use the shoulder straps because they would defeat my purpose. On the MountainSmith Daylight, there is a Delta Suspension System with load levelers. Basically, these additional straps can pull the top of the lumbar pack tight against my back.
I have found with carrying 10-11 pounds in a lumbar pack, the belt and load leveler straps slip over time so once I get them set real tight where I want them (extremely tight), I tie them off. It isn't according to design but neither is my use. I think I could use safety pins or something like that to keep the straps from loosening.May 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm #1874485
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@annapurnaMay 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm #1874490
This video is great. I'm sure I'll adopt most of his ideasMay 5, 2012 at 8:58 am #1874648
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@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Nice James! I look forward to perusing your blog too.
I'm glad you adapted your gear so that you can enjoy the trail!
ToddMay 5, 2012 at 9:03 am #1874651
Absolutely Todd. It is so worth it. My blog records the up and downs of trying to figure out if there is a way I can keep backpacking.
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