There are unlimited creative ways to use an external pack frame. Once I strapped a partially butchered elk to it!
"Creative" and constructive indeed, I've just discovered a "destructive" way to use a external frame backpack: First you overload it, then hoist it up onto a little scale, and then have the giant bastard thing come crashing down- smashing and lacerating your foot! I've just returned from the local Urgent Care, where they closed it up with 3 stitches, and told me the foot will soon heal up fine, but I would still be a jackass.
So, while Daisy straps "partially butchered elk" to her pack, I'll be strapping my pack onto my partially butchered self.
The silver lining to this embarrassment is that if I play my cards right, and keep limping and moaning about, I can get my wife and friends to carry much of my weight. So I may have figured out a new trick to enter into the "ultra-light" crowd. Ever try this ploy Hobbes? Andy?
Who's laughing at me?!