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- Jul 23, 2019 at 3:06 am #3603065
This article is so welcome on a website dedicated to equipment. I read it when it came out and couldn’t recall what I’d read like it before. Over the weekend I picked up Colin Fletcher’s, <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>The New Complete Walker</span>, that my sister gave me for Christmas in 1974, and read this in the first chapter titled, “Why Walk?”:
“The important thing, then, about running your tight little outdoor economy is that it must not run you. You must learn to deal with the practical details so efficiently that they become second nature. Then, after the unavoidable shakedown period, you leave yourself free to get on with the important things—watching cloud shadows race across a mountainside or passing the time of day with a hummingbird or discovering that a grasshopper eats grass like spaghetti or sitting on a peak and think of nothing at all except perhaps that it is a wonderful thing to sit on a peak and think of nothing at all.
The second pitfall is more subtly camouflaged. Naturally, your opinions on equipment and technique must never fossilize into dogma: your mind must remain open to the possibilities of better gear and to new and easier ways of doing things. You try to strike a balance, of course—to operate efficiently and yet to remember always, that the practical details are only a means to an end. But I am not altogether convinced that after years and years of it—when you have at last succeeded in mastering most of the business and people have begun to call you an expert and someone may even ask you to write a book on the subject—I am not at all sure that it is then possible to avoid the sobering discovery that you have become, ex officio, a very tolerably accomplished fuddy-duddy.”
In 1971 I used visqueen. Now I use dyneema. Backpacking as light as practical has always been the objective. The important thing is to get out and do it.Oct 9, 2018 at 3:13 am #3559055
I have a twelve year old S-SARC+1 and use a Wild Ideas expedition canister if an Ursack isn’t enough. Don’t tell Ryan Jordan this, as he would most assuredly rescind my lifetime membership if he knew!
I don’t weigh my pack.
I’ve been backpacking as light as I can for 45+ years now, but I take what i need to be safe for the terrain, weather and duration of the trip. That can vary even during the trip. For example, on my last 7-day trip my pack weighed many pounds more on the fourth day than the first day. How could that happen? On the fourth day i was starting two and a half days of dry camping/hiking (on the Continental Divide) and had to carry water for that time.
Also, pun intended, it is too depressing.Sep 27, 2018 at 2:54 am #3557496
I have a McHale and Porter 5400 and have the same comments Ryan has made in this review.
Having used the McHale for several years I was concerned the lack of load lifters would be a problem. It only makes sense you would have problems if your torso is too long for a pack with no load lifters. I’m 5’8″ but use the large Porter. I don’t feel like i was being pulled backwards on the flat stretches, although I’ll concede I don’t seem to go where there are many flat stretches, at least that are windless.
Why did I buy the Porter? I have spent more time packrafting around the Fitzpatrick Wilderness and wanted a pack that offered more water resistance (i’m using a small Alpacka Scout with low sidewalls). Adding a packraft doesn’t weigh much but it is quite bulky with paddles, my zero chair, and a week or more of food in a bear can. The 5400 was the only HMG pack that could carry all of that inside and allow me to go off trail without the fear stuff strapped to the pack would be snagging on rocks, etc. and throwing me off balance.
Still quite happy to go back to the McHale when I’m not crossing so much water, though. It may weigh more than the grocery sack packs, but i’m very happy with it on trips that last more than a few days. Sometimes you have to carry water…not just paddle over it.May 8, 2018 at 4:36 pm #3534300
Ok, I just hope you are not excluding her just because she’s getting a free custom made Nunatak quilt.May 5, 2018 at 4:52 pm #3533836
Michael, Are you taking Ali?May 3, 2018 at 2:18 am #3533459
Concessions? That’s a glass half empty question! I’ll call them adaptations.
I have two hiking paces: slow and slower (no more high altitude headaches and why count miles).
I use my Scout packraft to cross lakes in the Wind River Range to rest sore feet and avoid loose and steep talus slopes. (I make up time and am able to access off trail routes.)
I now use trekking poles on downhill sections (I’m at stage 4 in knee cartilage) and carry them up hills, but the poles also support the tent and convert to paddles for the packraft.
I spend more time in camp, but bring my Kindle and zero chair.
I earned a lot of 50 miler badges decades ago as a Scout, I’m 59 now, I don’t need them anymore…May 14, 2017 at 6:17 pm #3467943Oct 28, 2016 at 6:49 pm #3433315
Dale, I would never use this flashlight.
I was startled by the video that showed it was a firestarter, flashlight and could cook a raw egg in a sierra cup!Sep 1, 2015 at 6:36 pm #2224470
A few years back I carried an Alpacka Scout and paddled through the lakes to avoid the talus. If you aren't comfortable on the rocks or travel solo as I do, I'd recommend packing a raft for this section.Jan 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm #2062502
Hey Tim. Good questions. We've developed a special process to protect the port even after continual use. That will not affect the waterproofing. The Kindle comes with a full one year warranty, which covers pretty much everything you can imagine, except theft. If it somehow got damaged by water, we would replace the unit for you up to a year from the purchase date.
MattDec 2, 2013 at 8:23 pm #2050188
just sold for $1,225.
And, the seller had to charge $16.41 for shipping, too.Aug 14, 2013 at 10:11 am #2015202
Thanks for the article.
I was wondering if you have discerned less muscle fatigue from wearing tights.
See this article, http://www.ehow.com/about_6511756_effectiveness-compression-tights.htmlJul 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm #2007880
Does anyone have a favored method to hold a bottle of bear spray on the pack?May 11, 2013 at 6:50 pm #1985395
Do you feel that you need a PFD on a lake? I'll confess I didn't use one last summer on a trip in the Wind River Range. I pieced together a route that was arguably safer on the water than the adjoining scree field and cliffs. I tried to stay a few "dog paddles" from shore, and stayed out of the wind. I felt safe…although I admit appreciating the durability of the Scout, I paid so much for, when I knew I was in deep water!
Looking at your lightweight setup, I'm wondering if there isn't a dual use PFD/sit pad/pillow on the market like what you've done. MLD no longer sells their The Thing. I have seen some of the inflatable PFDs, but no one seems to provide the weights and they all seem to be overly complicated with pockets I don't need.
Interested in what you have tried for lakes? I travel solo, so I don't try fast water.Apr 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm #1981362
Hey, I broke one of mine on a glacier last year, so I'll take it!
Sending a pm.Apr 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm #1980185
This photo had given me hope:Jan 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm #1945986
I guess I'm in the pocket or "slot" camp for packs. When I tried blade up the blades were so wide they kept the compression straps from compressing the pack. Not an issue initially, but as my food was depleted it would have become one.Jan 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm #1945119
Would you post a picture of how you lashed or secured your packraft paddles to your pack?
I have alpacka's Sawyer paddles and used one of McHale's bottle pocket with success, but wondered if there was another approach? ( The other bottle pocket held crampons.)
Thinking I'd have Dan create something for my paddles until I read this article.Sep 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm #1909787
I'm sympathetic to your partner. I went ahead with my trip notwithstanding a head cold and I'm still recuperating…
The glacier was slick. I was on it at noon on a partly cloudy day. The microspikes were the minimum; ideally I'd been wearing KTS crampons. The microspikes would slip out of position or slip off entirely after thirty yards or so, but with only a few hours on a glacier out of a nine day route, they were an okay weight/compromise. I think if I had not had something on my feet like them, I'd have spent more time mucking around in very loose and just as slick mud and talus that was likely more unstable and hazardous than the glacier itself.
I brought a helix potty trowel, but ended up relying on my poles only.Sep 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm #1909350
I needed mine!
Did you?Aug 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm #1905380
Where are you headed from knifepoint?Aug 23, 2012 at 6:57 am #1905229
I haven't been on it, but like you I'm headed there next week. I decided to bring my microspikes.May 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm #1877330
Thank you for the report.
I'm curious. Looking back on it, would you have rather hiked only the most scenic parts of the trail (on different trips) rather than the whole trail?
Or to ask the same question another way, was the enjoyment of completing the whole trail worth the "boring" parts?Oct 5, 2011 at 9:44 am #1786978
Does this mean you can now finally tell us where all the really great hiking spots are in the Weminuche?
Have fun in retirement!Aug 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm #1767659
Okay, I'll answer my own question…I was out for a week and had 14 lbs of food and it held up without any cutting or ripping!