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    Packing in

    I am looking at going Elk hunting in 2013 and starting to buy things that I will need for a pack in hunt. My question is if you were planning on staying in for around 5 to 7 days how big of pack would you need (cubic inches)?

    Thanks for any suggestions.

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    5000 cubic inches and up should do it, if you have reasonably light backpacking equipment. You can get by with smaller packs, but 5000 has been about right for me.

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    I definitely wouldn't go smaller than 5000 CI. Food for 7 days will take up alot of room in a pack. I would consider looking at about a 6000 CI pack. When in doubt go a little bigger than you think you need because any good quality pack will compress down to the size you need. It will also help you when you get something down and need to get camp and meat out. Good luck let us know what you end up getting.

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    Good point, better too big than too little,5k and up is a good rule

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    Thanks guys, glad I asked would have gotten too small!!! I am glad this site is here trial and error is okay however if you don't have to go threw it I will be a lot better off!!

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    I agree with the 5k but remember if you go bigger guys tend to want to fill it causing extra weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikeepitcold View Post
    I agree with the 5k but remember if you go bigger guys tend to want to fill it causing extra weight.
    I will definitely agree with you on this one. I have a 6500 CI pack and I really have to ask myself if I really need some items I bring. Just keep an eye on what you pack and you will be fine.

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    Agreed! It's the same principle as with your finances.... no matter how much you have, you spend most of it. No matter how much space you have, you fill most of it.

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    I agree. Really be thorough with your list of items. That will make a huge difference. I have made mistakes taking too much gear and food. Remember you may not eat as much as normal and food will occupy a lot of space. However dont skimp on calories because you will be burning alot of them. Dont be afraid to ask alot of questions about your pack list. This group of people on this forum can help steer you in the right direction. Lots of expeeience and knowledge here

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    Another vote for the large pack. I have a Argon 85. Definitely needed when I start packing out my elk. The best thing I have done to save weight is to make an excel worksheet on the computer, listing all my gear and food options along with the weight of each item. Also keeps you from forgetting anything. I just check what I want to take and the worksheet keeps track of the total weight. Interesting how an item no longer seemed so important or I found ways to do without an item once I knew how much it weighed. Even food options make the list only after considering calories per ounce. Did you know walnuts and cashews have more calories per ounce than peanuts? The worksheet keeps track of total food weight, calories, and calories per day of the items selected. I still carry a couple of extra days but I saved a lot of weight when I stopped carrying so much food.

 

 

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