How to Pack Your Pack


Looks pretty good
and nice helmet!!

Ouch..lopsided and too much stuff on the outside of the pack.

Not bad..he's ready
to go climbing.

Hmm..kinda sloppy
but nice pack!

(All photos from 2007 Ouray Ice Festival)

Be sure to use the red internal compression strap.  Also, compress the contents solidly using the external compression straps.  You want the pack to adopt a tall, thin profile.  Remember to maintain side-to-side balance as well – a pack that leans over to one side places excessive pressure on your spine and irritates your shoulders.  Make a point of getting as much gear inside the pack as possible.  Odds and ends strapped on all over the outside of the pack wreak havoc with balance, especially if they are free to swing around.  Finally, the top pocket has a tendency to become the repository for many, many small items that add up to significant weight and often make the pack distinctly top-heavy – be careful!

Backpacking Trip Gear Essentials List
There is nothing like getting out in the backcountry for multiple days and nights. Walk through you normal day at home and what you do and need to use. Think of these same things when packing for a backpacking trip as you are doing many of the same things throughout the day.


How to Pack