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backpack & packing

  1. M

    Deuter Back Packs

    Has anyone used these packs?
  2. max44

    Your body and your backpack

    I was requested to offer some advice on how to best load your backpack. If you are walking the standard Camino, the following is more for the non standard walkers. General walkers should just stick to as light weight as possible. Over the years I have worked as combat medic and medical...
  3. sillydoll

    The Big Backpack Myth

    I feel really sorry for our modern day walking pilgrims. Unlike their medieval counterparts who left their material baggage at home and carried only the barest of necessities, today’s pilgrims feel compelled to shower at the end of each day and wash their clothes which means that they have to...
  4. Kiwi-family

    a different take on pack weight

    We've been seeing the 10% rule thrown about and equally the you-don't-want-to-carry-more-than-5-or-6-kg rule. Here's our experience. Our four eldest children (aged 13-17) have been hiking (including off road, on hilly trails) for the past few months now with packs filled at about 8kg. They are...
  5. C

    Backpack sizes

    I am looking to buy a new backpack and was wanting to get a Gregory Jade large, but they only make them up to a medium. My measurements fall under: "Large/Tall: 20 inches and up (51 cm and up)". I would like to know if there are any tall women out there who have had the same problem and who...
  6. caitlin_s

    Pack weight question no. 987456

    Hi all! It's still a couple of months out from my departure but I've acquired almost all of my gear, weighed it and entered it into a spreadsheet (I think I got this idea from Sillydoll?). My total weight (with estimates for a few items, but likely to be accurate) including absolutely...
  7. heatherrnw

    Backpack too small?

    I went out last night and purchased my boots and pack for my Camino September 1st - Oct. 16th. My head swimming with all the suggestions that I had read through the day, I trekked into REI and made a decision based on what they had there. Boots: Merrell Moab mid gore-tx xcr Pack: Deuter 28...
  8. DylanRomero

    My under 20 lb packing list

    I finally finished up a detailed list of everything I took on the Camino with me last fall, including links to the exact items I chose for reference. I also listed all the items I would add/change/subtract next time I walked. Please let me know if I missed anything important! Many of you have...
  9. M

    my camino packing list

    I walked the camino last year from St. Jean in June, and I had a 20L backpack that weighed about 16 pounds, or 7 or so kilos. I had everything I could imagine needing (including a jar of nutella, a Spanish-English dictionary, a Spanish fan... none of which I would take again). Sometimes I...
  10. D

    Backpack size

    I've been browsing the topic of equipment, smart packing, and backpacks. I plan to go shopping this weekend but am unsure of what SIZE a backpack to purchase? Besides folks talking about brands, I'm hearing a tad about frame versus no frame- airflow... does this mean that all frames are not...
  11. markvanoss

    Smart Packing and Unexpected Backpack Items

    OK peregrinos, this first-time pilgrim (leaving SJPdP on May 19) hopes to learn from your experience. What was the SINGLE smartest "unexpected" item you included in your backpack? Keep it to one item, please, and (may I suggest?) skip the basics. I hoping for examples of items I would NEVER have...
  12. J

    How much of the trail is on roads?

    How much of the trail is on roads? Is it worth carrying a backpack that has wheels for rolling on tarmac? It sure beats carrying everything on your back for 500 miles!!
  13. crhutch

    Another Backpack recommendation request

    Good tidings to all - My wife and I are planning to walk the camino in 2010. We are starting to buy our equipment so we can start our training program. I am looking for recommendations on backpacks for both men and women that I can buy here in the States. Thanks!
  14. T

    My Camino Packing List

    I am planning on hiking from Roncesvalles to Santiago, starting about September 21, 2008. I am not new to distance hiking but this will definitely be my longest hike. Using a digital postal scale, I have weighed most of my smaller items individually . Because it has a capacity limit of 500...
  15. M

    Equipment list and opinions from recent camino

    This is what we took and what I thought of it….I hope it’s of some use to others doing their first camino. Please bear in mind that these are personal opinions and a lot depends on your personal comfort levels, level of fitness, your own body’s reaction to a wide range of variables…and the...
  16. G

    70L Backpack Too Big?

    Hi All! I've thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your helpful comments on this forum. Here's my dilemma: I've been overwhelmed by the backpacks and trying to decide what size, brand, etc. I'm planning on walking the Camino Frances this April/early May and can't decide what size backpack...