[pct-l] Weight

Bob Sartini r.sartini at rcn.com
Tue Apr 21 16:39:33 CDT 2009

Does anybody but me think that the size of the person and  pack weight are 

A twenty - five pound pack on a 100 pound person or a 250 pounder are just 
not the same. My wife is half my size and I always try to get her to 
understand that she has to carry most of the gear because I am already 
carrying me around. :)

"EVERYTHING is in walking distance,"
    ......Bamboo Bob
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Vincent Rupp" <vincent.rupp at gmail.com>
To: "Carl Siechert" <carlito at gmail.com>
Cc: <pct-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 5:27 PM
Subject: Re: [pct-l] Weight

> Just one more comment on this discussion:
> Make sure your pack is comfortable regardless what weight you're at. 20 
> lbs
> or 70 lbs, you'll be constantly miserable if your pack isn't made for the
> load. Get all your other gear together, -then- choose a pack that works.
> On Apr 20, 2009 5:46 PM, "Carl Siechert" <carlito at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey Andrew:
> Several others have given some good advice on *how* to lower your pack
> weight, so let me give you some of the *why*.
> When I thru-hiked in '77, my base weight was around 35 pounds. With 7-14
> days of food (we didn't make as many town stops as most thrus do now), I
> would usually leave a town with 50-70 pounds on my back (plus 7-pound
> mountaineering boots!). We just didn't know any better back then.
> In fact, as recently as the turn of the century, my typical starting 
> weight
> for a 10-day backpack trip was about 60 pounds--and each trip got more
> difficult. It took some convincing, but I finally started shedding the
> pounds. Losing 20 pounds from my base weight--now in the mid-teens, so I'm
> definitely not an extremist--was like losing 20 years. I'm now 53, and 
> being
> able to put in long miles the way I did when I was in my 20s (except with
> less pain) is nothing short of amazing.
> If you're in your 20s now, you might want to hold off on this revelation 
> for
> a few years. Save it for when you'll really appreciate it. Besides, you
> wouldn't want to lose 20 years and hike like a 5 year old. ;-)
> On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 1:28 PM, Andrew Dawson
> <question.everything at live.com> wrote: > > Hey PCTe...
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