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Pack Makeover – Boy Scout Clinic – Part 2

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Gossamer Gear recently participated in a clinic to help spread the lightweight  gospel at our local Boy Scout Chapter.  At this clinic, our own illustrious Grant Sible led a pack makeover.  This is part two of a two part video featuring him showing how one can reduce weight by merely leaving unneeded stuff behind.   Watch as Grant does a pack makeover of one of the clinics participants and reduces over 10 pounds!  Stay tuned for Part 2.

3 Responses to Pack Makeover – Boy Scout Clinic – Part 2

  1. Joe Clement April 17, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    The only backpacking changes BSA has made since I was a kid in the 70’s is a change from external to internal frames. Wow, a 6.2# backpack. I’ll never understand the thinking that a 2# pack is automatically uncomfortable.

  2. Tom Pitts April 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Not all Scouts use heavy “expedition” packs. As an Assistant Scoutmaster for a Boy Scout troop & Associate Advisor for a Venturing crew in northwest Arkansas, I carry a 2 lb frameless pack. Several of our Scouts & other leaders have similar packs. We also have guys using small external frame packs for their 10 lb loads. This is VERY different from my troop growing up – we never backpacked more than 5 miles then. Our crew recently did a 29 mile trip (21 miles on Saturday & 8 on Sunday), and there is no way I would have made it with a heavier pack (& the heavier contents of that heavier pack).

  3. Call me Ishmael April 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Most gear salesmen sell the pack first, before the client knows what he really needs. That way, the salesman can sell features and volume whether they are ultimately needed or, more likely, not.
    If you select everything else first, and do it carefully, you can more easily/often/generally get to the 2# pack solution.

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