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Question: What kind of backpack would you recommend for a camping/hiking beginner?
I am really interested in getting into camping and hiking. I’m very athletic so I enjoy the challange and hiking. I just dont know what size backpack I would need for my gear for like a 3 day camping trip. And also, if I wanted to just hike on local trails are daypacks good? What are they for really?
Answer by Brandon
Check out the major company websites for outdoor recreation, such as Cabelas, Bass Pro Shop, or Coleman. My favorite for any outdoor gear is Cabela. They have a wide variety of equipment for about anything.
Question: What is the biggest and best hiking backpack?
I’m planning a two month expedition through interior Alaska, and need to find the largest well built hiking pack possible. I have found “Bergans of Norway- Alpinist” and the “Goliath Expedition pack” to be the biggest and best thus far, but want to hear others’ opinions. Thanks.
Answer by Cody
Holy $ hit. I have to STRONGLY recommend against getting either of those packs. 130L and 143 L !!! That is absolutely ridiculous. You will never manage to carry loads like that for two months. You will end up giving up after the first week. People go on extended climbs and hikes with much smaller bags than that. When the load becomes that large, it becomes unreasonably heavy and unstable. 80-90 liters is considered a very very large pack for backpacking or climbing. MAYBE 100L, but that is really pushing it. I wouldn’t look for the largest bag you can find, but rather the absolute smallest bag you can find that will still hold your gear.
Osprey packs are excellent. I have an 85L Osprey Aether that I have used to carry 80+ lb loads for multiday technical climbs in Alaska with tons of climbing gear. They are light and durable and carry heavy loads well. Arc’Teryx also has good packs for carrying large loads.
Also, if you re-post this in the camping section, I guarantee you will get more responses.
Question: How old should my dog be to wear a hiking backpack?
I have a 5 month old German Shepherd/ Australian Shepherd mix and I was wondering how old she needs to be to:
1. Wear an empty hiking pack around the house
2. Go on a hike with her empty pack
3. Carry weight on her hike
Answer by Aduial
I would wait to buy one until she’s full grown so you don’t end up wasting money. That’s also when she can start carrying a full pack. Only when she’s full grown can her bones and joints handle the extra weight. So not until she’s after a year old at the youngest.
Learn how to pack for a multi-day hike, including how to maximize your backpack space and what to bring along with you, in this free hikingvideo series. Expert: Kate Carcio Contact: www.zoaroutdoor.com Bio: Kate Carcio, a white water rafting guide, and climbing instructor at Zoar Outdoor, has enjoyed hiking and backpacking all of her life. Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-Donoso