My pack is an REI pack and I really love it. I did some research and there was another brand pack that came highly recommended but when I tried it on it was really uncomfortable and not a good fit for me. This one fit like a glove and felt good from the get go. Always try on and don't worry so much about the reviews, go with what feels good for you.
You'd think by looking at it I could pack for a week and still have room but looks can be quite deceiving. At 65L of carrying capacity it's amazing how little I can actually cram in here. I couldn't carry everything I've got pictured above, mainly because of the size and shape of the objects. Today I'm going to share with you my "training" pack, I'll be carrying it while taking the dog for her morning walks (which become runs at times so I'm starting really light so I can adjust to that, it's gonne be interesting).
Remember what I said about my backpack looking so huge but not really able to carry as much as you'd think. Here's a look at that. This is the pack with my Frogg Todd's in the very bottom and my sleeping bag (with the liner in it) on top. It takes the entire space on the bottom of the bag. Still have a ton of room, right!
I put the tent on the outside across the top. I always see pictures of people carrying it on the bottom, the pack has straps for that but it feels awful for me, pulling me backwards and hitting me in the butt every time I take a step. No thanks. Putting it at the top helps with balancing and feels much, much better.
For now, with the following items, my bag weighs 12.4 lbs.
Frog Togg Top and Bottom
Sleeping Bag and Liner
Empty Bear Vault
This is what I'm going to start with in order to walk/run with the dog. Hopefully running won't be too bad and I can add weight quickly, giving me more time to get used to the full weight of the pack and all it's items.
Last year it was 35 lbs on day one. Hoping to trim a little bit off of that this year but really, I'm carrying things I'm not willing to leave behind so probably not. Jason on the other hand, started with a pack weighing 45 lbs and carried many things that were non-essentials and we never used. I'm sure he'll be re-evaluating what he brings.
Next time I'll share with you a few of the other items we carry and be adding a little bit more to my pack. I've got lots of dehydrating to do as well, it'll be here before we know it, and food is definitely a priority.
Have you ever done any backcountry camping? If so, what were your necessity items and what could you live without?