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PACKING YOUR BACKPACK

Steve Wilson - Friday, November 16, 2012
Even the best backpack available if packed badly can be uncomfortable and even lead to more serious problems. Here are the key points to making you backpack work for you; 


Get Organised 
Lay your kit out before you pack it, this will make you more aware of where items are packed. Pack your sleeping bag in the bottom of your pack along with any additional lightweight items you don’t need during the day. Cluster related small items together in colour coded or labeled bags, if you arecarrying fuel make sure it is adequately sealed. Split the weight of large communal items, with others in your group, so spreading the load. Keep often used and emergency items where you can get to them (ideally in the lid pocket), this includes your map and compass, phone, emergency contact information and first aid kit. 


Keeping Dry 
Most backpacks are not waterproof even if they have a rain cover they still tend to get wet after a period in the rain, so you will need to use a waterproof liner with all your kit inside it or use individual dry-bags for different groups of kit. If you are using individual bags you may want to write on them what they contain i.e. WATERPROOFS so it makes it easy to find what you are looking for. Also remember that sleeping bag compression sacks are not normally waterproof either so you will need to placeyour sleeting bag inside a dry-bag or use a waterproof compression sac. 


Hydration Options 
Most packs today are hydration compatible, this means they will accommodate a water bladder and have an access point to feed a drinking tube through to the outside of your pack. If your going to a cold environment you may consider using a wide mouth drinking bottle with a tube conversion kit and insulated tube sleeve, which enables you to drink from the bottle if the tube freezes. 


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FITTING YOUR BACKPACK

Steve Wilson - Friday, October 12, 2012

Correct fitting is very important to the comfort and fit of a backpack, it’s not simply a matter of throwing the pack on your back and fastening all the straps.

Improper backpack fit can also lead to poor posture and can lead risk for backpack-related injuries and discomfort.

Also, backpacks with tight, narrow straps that dig into the shoulders can interfere with circulation and nerves.

These types of straps can contribute to tingling, numbness, and weakness in the arms and hands. Select a backpack designed for the activity you are undertaking and download our backpack fitting info sheet.



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REHYDRATION

Steve Wilson - Wednesday, September 05, 2012

In high-altitude trekking and mountaineering difficulty in adjusting clothing to weather conditions, levels of exertion and respiratory fluid loss from hyperventilation in dry cold air commonly causes dehydration.

Dehydration at high altitude increases the likelihood of altitude sickness, hypothermia and frostbite.  So you should drink at every opportunity and learn to gauge hydration by volume and colour of urine (it should be a light yellow straw colour).

Only clean water should be used for fluid replacement, so the use of water purification drops or a water filter should also be considered and keep a mental note of how much water you drink during the day.    

 

Download our information sheet on rehydration to help you prepare for your trip.    

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