“Maximum weight in your backpack should be no more than 40% of your body weight. And you want to start well below that…”
Advice from a new friend, who agreed to coach basic backpacking, and introduce me to the local trails. My adventure buddy, Studley McRocklegs, is playing along, as we add another skill-set to our adventure toy chest.
Prepping my pack, i decided to start with twenty-five pounds. My tent, sleeping bag, and about a gallon of water in a sealed jug was my starting load. i hopped on the scale to weigh the result.
Twenty two and a half pounds. Seemed a helluva lot heavier to me, though, as i hoisted it onto my back.
Then it hit me: this is exactly how much weight i’ve dropped since the beginning of May.
Damn. i’ve been carrying around a LOT of excess. With another twenty-five pounds (minimum) still to be shed, i’m pretty sure i’ll feel a helluva lot better by the time i get there.
And it’s sure going to make the backpacking easier…