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ScottR
04-17-2014, 02:20 PM
A little help heading into the spring bear season, and summer scouting trips.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I3XzyCxpl4

Hunting veterans, how do you pack your pack?

ScottR
04-17-2014, 03:08 PM
Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJRmtF5k19Y

Ikeepitcold
04-17-2014, 04:39 PM
Very cool. Some great info! Thanks

ElkTrout
04-17-2014, 05:14 PM
Thanks! Helps to hear the suggestions!


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mnhoundman
04-18-2014, 01:40 PM
Great video, very helpful. Thanks Guy!

ScottR
04-18-2014, 02:09 PM
Give us feedback too guys! Let us know any other topics we can do a video on!

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AT Hiker
04-19-2014, 09:20 PM
Good stuff!

Maybe a video on mid level photography (I assume you guys have issues with poor images submitted for the magazine). I know it would be hard to do, but I think a lot of people would benefit from understanding ISO, Aperture, etc and their relations to sunlight and lack of. Basically a hunters crash course in outdoor photography. In the Eastmans books they have some good tips, but sometimes a video using a common camera and showing before and after pics really helps.

Then a cool follow up would be basic editing using tablets, computers, etc.

ScottR
04-19-2014, 10:43 PM
Good stuff!

Maybe a video on mid level photography (I assume you guys have issues with poor images submitted for the magazine). I know it would be hard to do, but I think a lot of people would benefit from understanding ISO, Aperture, etc and their relations to sunlight and lack of. Basically a hunters crash course in outdoor photography. In the Eastmans books they have some good tips, but sometimes a video using a common camera and showing before and after pics really helps.

Then a cool follow up would be basic editing using tablets, computers, etc.

Let me give it some thought. Might be able to do something.

marcusvdk
04-20-2014, 02:54 AM
Good video learned a lot.

I know it was a topic on the forum but maybe a video on how to take care of meat and hide in the field. Just a thought.



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RockChucker30
04-20-2014, 03:19 PM
I'll add a couple points. First, on load distribution ideally about 70% of the weight in the pack will be close to your back, and distributed vertically between the middle of your back and 2-4 inches over your shoulders. The rest of the space can be filled with high volume - low weight items such as insulation.

Secondly, I have gotten to the point that too many pockets is worse than too few. Have one large pocket with all your frequently used gear and you don't have to look through 6-7 pockets to see where you put something. I find it to be faster and easier.

Guy touched on food. I really prefer highly calorie dense foods on the trail, which usually means a high fat content. Also, for whatever reason, when backpacking I have little appetite even though I'm burning a lot of calories. Many people I talk to have experienced the same thing. To combat this, count the calories in your daily food bag and make sure you're getting enough to keep your energy levels up.

Elkoholic307
04-22-2014, 08:07 AM
I found this video to be pretty helpful as well:

http://youtu.be/2tQ2Fhl2JQo

AT Hiker
04-23-2014, 07:33 PM
I'll add a couple points. First, on load distribution ideally about 70% of the weight in the pack will be close to your back, and distributed vertically between the middle of your back and 2-4 inches over your shoulders. The rest of the space can be filled with high volume - low weight items such as insulation.

Secondly, I have gotten to the point that too many pockets is worse than too few. Have one large pocket with all your frequently used gear and you don't have to look through 6-7 pockets to see where you put something. I find it to be faster and easier.

Guy touched on food. I really prefer highly calorie dense foods on the trail, which usually means a high fat content. Also, for whatever reason, when backpacking I have little appetite even though I'm burning a lot of calories. Many people I talk to have experienced the same thing. To combat this, count the calories in your daily food bag and make sure you're getting enough to keep your energy levels up.


I agree with most of your points, though loading a pack correctly starts with a properly fitted pack. I do like smaller pockets for smaller lite weight items, but those large pockets are easy to alter your weight distribution and make things hectic.

Knowing how to walk and hike correctly for your body posture is a key as well, I see way too many people slunched over...man do I feel sorry for them. Knowing how to use trekking poles is cool too, though I need to start using them more often.

As for food, Im with you. I do not eat no where near enough calories when I hike, oddly enough I do not loose much weight either. I do train a bit, which I think helps with me not loosing weight (muscle). I do try to eat high fat foods (ramen/snickers) and protein (jerky). IMO our bodies are designed to endure this type of stress (like the intermitting fasting regimes). Water is the #1 nutrient and that makes all the difference for me.

AT Hiker
04-23-2014, 07:35 PM
Good video learned a lot.

I know it was a topic on the forum but maybe a video on how to take care of meat and hide in the field. Just a thought.



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Guy has a video on the gutless method on youtube somewhere, its pretty good.

2rocky
04-30-2014, 02:15 PM
Good start Guy.

I'm a fan of Color coded Stuff sacks. I know my cooking gear and food is in an orange sack. My day snacks are in my blue sack. Extra socks hat and gloves are in a green sack, Kill Kit black sack, etc. etc. Rain Jacket is top of the sack for those quick moving storms, and the pants go in the sleeping bag compartment on the bottom 3rd. sometimes Fluffy stuff in a more flexible looser stuffsack will conform to corners of the bag better than a ultra compact hard round packed rock.

External pockets: Once I get past 3 tend to be too confusing looking for stuff.

Also I usually have the tripod on the side opposite the spotting scope. the lighter of the two goes on the rifle side.

Biggest challenge is Hydro reservoir placement. I like it between my shoulder blades but few packs have a dedicated sleeve or at least one with the correct dimensions there.

ScottR
04-30-2014, 03:26 PM
2Rocky, we actually talked about Hydration placement when we shot the video. However, the video was pretty long and we may cover it in a water filtration video at some point.

2rocky
04-30-2014, 04:08 PM
Great minds think alike Eh?

Elkoholic307
05-03-2014, 09:57 AM
Biggest challenge is Hydro reservoir placement. I like it between my shoulder blades but few packs have a dedicated sleeve or at least one with the correct dimensions there.

I agree. I know MR packs do. I just wish Eberlestocks did.

25contender
05-05-2014, 08:45 AM
I had to put my 3 liter bladder in one of the side pockets in the J34. The new Kifaru has a dedicated bladder pocket on the inside right in the middle of the back which is perfect. It also has a place to hang the bladder instead of just placing it in the pocket. My three liter fits like a glove in the compartment.:cool: