Guadalupe Mountains National Park. 3-day (Mckittrick to Pine Springs: 7mi, 10mi, 7mi) next weekend. Mild temps forecast, but prepared for wind. I'm having trouble packing water.
We are accustomed to 24-30lbs. with Golite 70L (me), 50L (wife) soft packs. Today we loaded them up with the recommended water in Platypus bags, which alone approach our usual total weight, and they're a sloppy mess. I tried rolling the bags in sleeping pad, then I tried folding them up in an Eagle Creek shirt folder. Not satisfied with either.
Do we need frames? Maybe cut some plastic framesheets? I'm not sure we can handle the hip and shoulder abuse, even if packs don't flop. Would hard, rectangular bottles stack better?
Time is short. And its our last walk before switching to canoe for the hot season, so budget it short. Any thoughts?