Hauling Your Gear

In This Chapter

  •   Matching the right pack to your hike
  •   Sizing up the perfect pack
  •   Knowing the parts of your backpack
  •   Trying it on and testing it out
  •   How to load your gear
  •   Going ultralight to save weight

Wherever you find a hiker, you’ll probably find a pack. The two go together like bears and honey. Fortunately, the stereotype of the towering, bulky backpack draped with sleeping bags, firewood, frying pans, and fishing poles is obsolete. New lightweight materials and efficient designs have transformed the look and performance of packs. Choices have gotten better, too. Now you can find separate packs ...

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