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My New Hiking Companion

Sunday, August 12, 2012

After yesterday's monster hike, today had to be a rest day. I was more or less unconscious from late afternoon yesterday until about 8:00 am this morning. The sun and heat must have drained all my life juices.

Luckily I had loaded up on water/electrolytes; I was carrying 2.5 liters, which was sufficient, but 3 liters would have been better. Well, but even 2.5 liters were too much to take for the old generic lumbar pack and the nylon tore at the seams.

So today I invested in a new lumbar pack (don't like day hiking with a backpack 'cause it makes my entire back sweaty and uncomfortable). This thing will easily carry enough water and has pockets and pouches for all sorts of hiking necessities.

Isn't it beautiful? :)

Initiation will be next weekend. Here is my hike description:
~ A tour of the lower Chantry trails plus a yummy potluck BBQ -- 11.5 miles, 2100' ~
I'll be bringing Bratwurst. Can't wait!
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    I take a rest day after long hikes too. I did have a lumbar pack some time ago, it was a huge disappointment because the slot for the water bottle was useless. Each time I bent over the water bottle would fall out. After a while it just annoyed the heck out of me. Nice lunch for a nice hike, enjoy!
    2032 days ago
    It's gorgeous! Hope it works like you want it to. I agree about the backpack. Yuck!
    2048 days ago
    Great backpack
    Next weekend hike sounds great. emoticon
    2048 days ago
    I also like the lumbar packs and have that same NorthFace one - I have found, however, that the 'cheapies' from Walmart seem to suit me the best and don't 'flop' as much as some of the others.

    Have a great time at Chantry but OMG, hope you are starting out at 5am because that's one hot trail - yikes!
    2048 days ago
    I have the camelbak, too. I just assumed the sweaty back would be there regardless of a backpack. Does the lumbar carry water bottles, or can you have a bladder in there?
    2049 days ago
    Love it. You deserve a new bag for all those wonderful longgggg hikes you take. Gotta be able to have your fluid, and neccessities also along for the trip. Enjoy your next one and really enjoy the pot luck at the end. Getting together with fellow hikers and comparing blisters. lol.
    2049 days ago
    very nice!! I have a camel back and your right it sucks to have a sweaty back!!
    2049 days ago
    Enjoy the next hike!
    2049 days ago
    Love the fanny pack!!
    2049 days ago
    Ooooh. I am a fanny pack, packsack, travelling bag, purse addict. I love The North Face stuff. I am so envious! I'll be thinking of you on your tour - after having chosen all the delightful things to fill all those pockets and pouches.....sigh.
    2049 days ago
    Sounds like a blast! We live in the Midwest so it's pretty flat. We'd love to have some trails that go through some hills or mountains.

    It's always nice when we find equipment that will enhance our exercise instead of hinder it. Have fun hitting the trails!
    2049 days ago
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