--- In BackpackingLight <at> yahoogroups.com, "Tim D. Williamson"
<timdwilliamson <at> ...> wrote:
> Also, most of the information on the web seems to be for people with
framed packs and many more adjustments than mine. All I have is
shoulder straps, waist strap and sternum.
That gives you one more strap than me (GVP G4 "Classic").
Really, pack it whatever way makes sense, and experiment until it
feels right. I use plastic trash compactor bags (a bit thicker than
plastic garbage bags) and put my sleeping gear in one, my clothes in
another, and the rest of my stuff in giant zip-lok bags (lighter than
fabric ditty bags, less of a loss when they develop a hole, easy to
carry spares with you folded up into small squares). My food is either
in an old Ursack (if I'm not in bear country) or in a bear canister
(if I'm in bear country -- having had first-hand experience with the
damage bears can do if they sniff food, I just grin and bear the
weight). So I just pile and stuff this into the pack until it feels
Usually, because of the way the G4 is designed, it ends up sleeping
gear on bottom, then clothes and tarp/tent, then bear canister/bag and
the two zip-loks with cooking gear and sundries, then whatever loose
jacket or whatever that I've un-layered over the course of the day
stuffed on top of all this. If I have a groundsheet it is folded up
and slipped down the back of the pack. Various things live in the
outer pockets -- water pouch, toilet spade (an old garden spade),
wipes (for, err, wiping), water treatment stuff, GPS, sunscreen,
insect repellant, etc. I.e. basically stuff I might need like RIGHT
NOW and not want to dig in the pack for them. Or things like the
bottle of alcohol fuel that I don't want in the main compartment where
it could get squished and splat my precious fuel all over my clothing.
But this is just all trial and error for *my* pack with *my*
collection of gear. You'll have to play with your own gear.
BTW, full pack weight for a 3 day (2 night) trip is 24 pounds,
*including* food and water and fuel. And that's *with* the 2 pound
bear canister (this was for a trip into the Sierras, where the bears
are bold). I'm not "ultralight", but I'm a lot closer than I was when