Proportional Pack Weight - How much is too much?

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Proportional Pack Weight - How much is too much?

Postby Hikin_Jim » Sun May 31, 2015 8:04 pm

How much should your pack weigh in proportion to your body weight? What's reasonable? What's excessive?
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I try to develop some "ground rules" for how much a person should carry based on their body weight. See: Proportional Pack Weight.

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Re: Proportional Pack Weight - How much is too much?

Postby climbant » Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:46 pm

Jim,

I've read 10% body weight for the kids, not sure about adults. As light as possible is what I aim for, so for me 19 pounds which I can usually get under unless its a longer trip or I have the kids with me.
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Re: Proportional Pack Weight - How much is too much?

Postby Hikin_Jim » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:41 am

climbant wrote:I've read 10% body weight for the kids, not sure about adults.
Interesting. Hadn't thought about it, but it makes sense that it would be less for kids.

climbant wrote:As light as possible is what I aim for, so for me 19 pounds which I can usually get under unless its a longer trip or I have the kids with me.
I've been getting out for about 22 lbs (including food, fuel, and water) for a solo weekend trip lately. Getting it under 20 lbs is pretty darned good. 8)

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