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Show us your backside!

Postby rlown » Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:27 pm

ok, this was Markskor's brainstorm but I'll get the party started. We were up Piute pass on the Glacier divide in Mid September 2012. We'll start with Mark's pack:

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Markskors Pack


You'll notice the broken cup and the flailing fish that lulled me to sleep when i was behind him.. He's pretty strong after 100 days in the back country this season.

Then there's mine:

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Russ' Pack


And then MeyersP. If you zoom in you'll see he punctured the bottom of his Bearikade. And he has a pounds worth of straps to hold his fly fishing gear on. Working on that.

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Paul's Pack


Anyway, If you have a backside shot, post it!

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Re: Show us your backside!

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:43 pm

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Re: Show us your backside!

Postby markskor » Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:40 am

A good summer for me - well over 100 Sierra bag nights...opportunity to observe many a backpacker's kit. Pack sizes seemed to fall in 3 categories...small, medium, and large.

Interesting that there seems to be a correlation in these differences in backpack size, experience, demeanor, and subsequent trails taken. My Yosemite observations on backpacks seen (hence this thread)...Backpack profiling?:

The PCT rompers, perhaps the most experienced, usually sported the smallest packs (perhaps due to their minimalist hiking approach and/or perhaps due to 1/3 not carrying any bear can). I wonder why this no-can-carry is allowed (maybe allowed is the wrong word but, the Tuolumne Yosemite Rangers definitely seemed to look the other way.) Few carried any fishing gear, tarps were used instead of tents, alcohol stoves prevailed, and trail runners were the norm. When encountering these on the trail...after initial salutations, the conversation always turned immediately to food.
A lot of ULA type packs here...40 - 50 liter size.

The Muir Trail stompers always seemed to carry the largest of all loads. It appears that many of these backpackers are more than a bit over-packed...many doing a first-time, long distance, bucket list trip, and most have no idea about weight. IMHO, many of the Muir Trail hikers were the least experienced of those hikers encountered. Just by looking at their packs, you could usually guess their trail objective.
A lot of Gregory Boltaro's...size 85

Saw a lot of old-school, external frame backpackers too. Old Kelty pack horses (size 100) with everything lashed on whatever...(Is strap weight a category?)...heavy tents, white gas stoves, four fishing rod/reel cases. BTW, best to avoid this types as usually crusty and mostly intolerable.

Brand new gear sporters...
A lot of these seen going to Glen Aulin, Voglesang, and/or Sunrise. Always nice to see expensive new gear just out of the box...

Best to look for someone with ~ a size 60 backpack, well worn in,
sporting some sort of fishing rod case,
(and perhaps a green fish...or something-something with some angling flavor) denoting that the carrier is unique..a fisherman.
as not to be confused with the other trail trash.

A hiking buddy at Trail Camp once told me you could tell a lot about the hiker just by seeing the back of their 7-night-packed backpack...
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Re: Show us your backside!

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:01 pm

On the edge of the ridge looking down at Pear Lake (making our way down from the Tablelands)
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ETA: I found this from this year's Moose Lake trip pics. Same destination, different pack. My Gregory is now dedicated to SAR and here I am toting 24 lbs into the slab and talus. (I love my new ULA.)
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Re: Show us your backside!

Postby Jimr » Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:26 pm

Heading around Goethe Lk. toward Alpine Col.
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Over Alpine Col on my way up and around the first lake N heading toward Darwin Bench
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Old Army Pass
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We won't talk about this one.
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Re: Show us your backside!

Postby The Other Tom » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:20 pm

OK, Markskor, what category do I fit in :nod:

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Re: Show us your backside!

Postby markskor » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:44 pm

The Other Tom wrote:OK, Markskor, what category do I fit in :nod:


Hmmm -
Looks like size - 55 - 60...McHale?
The right sized pack - no overhead attic - looks like expensive gear too - tight kit... real nice.
Unfortunately, with no fishing gear readily evident, which (let's check the official rule-book here...) would default you from the unique/expert/heathen category back into ubiquitous trail trash...sorry.

Fishermen are Sierra gods...So it is written. :^o
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Re: Show us your backside!

Postby rlown » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:50 pm

gear looks pretty clean as well. Not tossed to a pile like some here i know and then creates an aura around it. did you know that auras have a scent?
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Re: Show us your backside!

Postby The Other Tom » Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:26 pm

markskor wrote:
The Other Tom wrote:OK, Markskor, what category do I fit in :nod:


Hmmm -
Looks like size - 55 - 60...McHale?
The right sized pack - no overhead attic - looks like expensive gear too - tight kit... real nice.
Unfortunately, with no fishing gear readily evident, which (let's check the official rule-book here...) would default you from the unique/expert/heathen category back into ubiquitous trail trash...sorry.

Fishermen are Sierra gods...So it is written. :^o


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Bought it on sale. Red was the only color they had left ( wonder why?).

Correct on the no fishing gear. Never got into fishing. I figured that would doom me to trail trash :D
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Re: Show us your backside!

Postby ERIC » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:11 am

Most recent one I could find (I'm usually the one taking the photos).

EDIT: And for what it's worth, Mark, on this 5 day trip my wife was carrying a 35L pack while mine is a 58L. I carry all food, our tent and all other shared gear. That's how I get her to come with me. :p
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Re: Show us your backside!

Postby oldranger » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:26 am

Eric

For some reason I thought you decided against the Exos 58. How do you like it. I assume you are using a large. I now own 2--send each one in for repairs every 40 days or so of use. They are still useable but the "trampoline" webbing tends to wear near the hip portion of the frame and I don't want to experience a catastrophic failure miles from the TH. I have to pay shipping one way for the repair.

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Re: Show us your backside!

Postby ERIC » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:33 am

oldranger wrote:Eric

For some reason I thought you decided against the Exos 58. How do you like it. I assume you are using a large. I now own 2--send each one in for repairs every 40 days or so of use. They are still useable but the "trampoline" webbing tends to wear near the hip portion of the frame and I don't want to experience a catastrophic failure miles from the TH. I have to pay shipping one way for the repair.

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Funny you should ask. Are you in the market for a third? Mine is available if so. :)
I have many of the same complaints you read online. Available capacity is beyond what the suspension system can handle. I find anything over 25-30lbs and the straps require continuous adjustment and the hip belt rides uncomfortably. And then there's the durability, or lack there of.. Think I'll be going back to the Atmos 50. I really don't need that extra 8L anyway..
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