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Larry Sullivan
(150mph) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
This picture made me go lightweight on 06/04/2009 15:31:35 MDT Print View

jeff

Well, really, this cat, Jeff, whom I met atop HalfDome last year, and we hiked up JMT a ways and talked about bpl before I was overcome with the weight of my traditional hiking and he streaked on ahead. (Hey Jeff!, if you're here.)

I was amazed he could do the JMT with such a small package. Anyway, looking at this picture later, (it's a Golite or GossamerGear?), the way it hangs back off his shoulders at a bad angle, and no weight on his belt, looks... uncomfortable, and, well...wrong.

Now I've got most of my lightweight gear for several week-long Sierra trips this summer. I'm ready to buy my first LW pack and have read virtually everything here. But I have serious reservations about carrying my pack like this for 6 days...

M G
(drown) - F - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah
"This picture made me go lightweight" on 06/04/2009 15:39:19 MDT Print View

I'm amazed too because I can't imagine how he's fitting a required bear canister in there...maybe judicious campsite selection (i.e.bear boxes)

Edited by drown on 06/04/2009 15:39:53 MDT.

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
campshoes? on 06/04/2009 15:42:57 MDT Print View

Are those campshoes? Blasphemy! You'd be surprised how many ways you can can carry a ul pack.

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Lightweight but not TOO lightweight... on 06/04/2009 15:48:13 MDT Print View

That's how I'd amend the heading, anyway... "This pic made me go light, but not too light."

'Cause you're right, that wouldn't be comfortable to carry. Plenty of people here will argue that it's fine. But if you get a pack with a basic frame and a good suspension, the added comfort and energy savings from the extra pound of the frame will far more than make up for itself. If you're only carrying 5 pounds, it wouldn't matter. If you're working with a 10 or 15 pound base plus food, it starts to matter. Especially if you need to carry more water or something.

Jesse Glover
(hellbillylarry) - F

Locale: southern appalachians
Re: Lightweight but not TOO lightweight... on 06/04/2009 16:10:29 MDT Print View

That pack looks fine to me. I don't carry a 10lb base load either maybe I would if I were carrying a bear can but I don't know. I may never know I doubt I'd follow the rules exactly if I were in yosemite.

If I keep my total weight under 20 pounds I don't need any kind of frame or a hip belt. When I carry my mariposa I wear it just like the guy in the pic with the straps really loose. Quite the opposite with my old breeze. I tighten those straps as tight as they go and haul butt.

I agree over 30 lbs or so a frame becomes useful but It would be better to just cut weight IMO.

Kevin Yang
(kjyang) - F
where to leave stuff? on 06/04/2009 16:22:25 MDT Print View

Off topic, but i was wondering where do you leave your stuff when you climb up those ropes.

Edited by kjyang on 06/04/2009 19:48:30 MDT.

Ali e
(barefootnavigator) - F

Locale: Outside
Just dont look down on 06/04/2009 16:37:01 MDT Print View

Its not as bad as it looks, just dont look down. and carry your pack if its small. Its the people who freak out half way up that freak me out. Ali

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: This picture made me go lightweight on 06/04/2009 17:58:42 MDT Print View

The way he is carrying his pack ... Yuk! I simply couldn't.

Cheers

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
i don't think i could ever do half dome on 06/04/2009 18:07:57 MDT Print View

looking at that, no way i could handle that much steep exposure

glad i never tried it every time i see a picture like that

Larry Sullivan
(150mph) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
Re: where to leave stuff? on 06/04/2009 18:32:38 MDT Print View

Off topic, but i was wondering where do you leave your stuff and you climb up those ropes.

A lot of peops carry their day packs up (I did), many left their gear back at Little Yosemite Valley campground a few miles back, others leave their packs around the rocks and boulders near where this pic is taken. Expect your pack to get gnawed in to by marmots if you elect the latter.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
This picture made me go lightweight on 06/05/2009 08:42:22 MDT Print View

Pretty clear the torso size on that pack is not long enough, regardless of any stiffness (or lack thereof) in the frame or belt. My Jam and Conduit don't fit like that!

scott burgeson
(DrDystopia) - F

Locale: Upstate NY
JMT on 06/05/2009 10:58:18 MDT Print View

How often can you resupply on the JMT.

Aren't there 5 day stretches?

I don't see how he can get all his food in that pack.

Or was he doing it in a week?

-scott

Larry Sullivan
(150mph) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
Resupply on 06/07/2009 00:07:00 MDT Print View

How often can you resupply on the JMT. Aren't there 5 day stretches? I don't see how he can get all his food in that pack. Or was he doing it in a week?

Most people resupply half way on the JMT - usually 5 days or so in. There are only a few resupply options. But the whole JMT can be fastpacked in 5 days! (See this thread) To be honest, I don't know what his resupply situation was - he was shooting for Tuolumne Mdws that evening, probably 20 miles, (after climbing HD!) Maybe he was going to pick up a bear can there. He planned on 2 weeks out, I believe...

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Resupply on 06/07/2009 00:56:38 MDT Print View

The pack looks like a Gossamer more than a Golite, as for the angle it kind of reminds me of what carrying a school bag used to be like. Those packs were not designed for comfort or posture.
I recall some days carrying so much in the pack that the thin shoulder straps would leave my skin red raw, especially after walking a few km's home in the heat.
Nice picture BTW,

Scott Bentz
(scottbentz) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Missing the Point! on 06/08/2009 14:27:14 MDT Print View

The thread is about an experience that made someone go lightweight. Not a critique of how the person in the picture likes to wear his pack. Due to the fact he ran into this guy and his lightweight pack made him reconsider the way he was packing. Even though there are a lot of questions, such as the way he wears his pack or whether or not he has a canister the fact of the matter is he appears to be packing light. That's enough for me.

Jim MacDiarmid
(jrmacd) - MLife
Re: Missing the Point! on 06/08/2009 14:31:38 MDT Print View

What do you expect to happen when you get a bunch of gear nerds together in one cyber-room? It's like a bunch of fashionistas not being able to watch a movie/tv show without commenting one what everyone is wearing.

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: This picture made me go lightweight on 06/08/2009 15:15:19 MDT Print View

I'll add another 'yuk' vote for that pack setup. No matter how light it is, having that weight pulling back and down on my shoulders all day, every day would make me miserable and cause me to hunch forward.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: This picture made me go lightweight on 06/08/2009 15:50:40 MDT Print View

We don't know if that is how he always carries the pack, or if it was just a temporary thing.

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
This picture made me go lightweight on 06/08/2009 15:56:09 MDT Print View

Can somebody post a picture of a properly fitted frameless pack for comparison ?

Casey Bowden
(clbowden) - MLife

Locale: Berkeley Hills
This picture made me go lightweight on 06/08/2009 16:52:30 MDT Print View

Cameron wrote:

Can somebody post a picture of a properly fitted frameless pack for comparison?

Here I am before starting a hike from Sonora Pass to Tuolumne with a Gossamer Gear Mariposa. Is the pack properly fitted? I think so. The pack, especially the wide shoulder straps, are comfortable enough that I don't use the hip belt. One day I'll cut it off.

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