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10/19/08 9:37 P

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As a guy, all I can say is that I love Outdoor Women! Your wrath over this article makes me smile! Don't let anyone tell you what you can't do, just keep getting out there and doing it!

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10/19/08 5:56 P

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I'm feeling the same way, MANDERS!

Boy, the person who wrote that article certainly underestimated the spirit of backpacker girls!

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10/19/08 5:46 P

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Y'all are inspiring me to get my pack back out and dust it off!

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10/19/08 5:14 P

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Wow, glad I didn't read an article like this 11 years ago. I might have thought I should give up backpacking. At 51 years old, I have no problem carrying a backpack. Mine is one designed especially for women, and is much more comfortable than the one I used to wear (designed for either). I've read that a person in good health should be able to carry 20% of their body weight, but an experienced and well-conditioned hiker may be able to carry up to 35% of their weight. Anyway, I hope to be backpacking for many years to come. Happy hiking to all of you!

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10/19/08 3:26 P

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Nice one Kay. If D5Enzo was looking for company roundly condemning some rule that appears arbitrary rather than based on the reality of the Outdoor Women, she's sure got it. Choc made some really great points too!

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10/19/08 3:16 P

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Or we could throw him/her on our backs and show him what's what!

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10/19/08 2:13 P

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Are we all in agreement then? The author of that article needs to be tarred & feathered?

I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought to be distilled into actions which bring results.--Florence Nightengale


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10/19/08 2:01 P

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I'd like to see that article too! What a joke, I'm almost 45, and have been backpacking since, well, I turned 40! And last summer my backpack was almost 60 lbs at the start, and I weighed in at 130. It can be done!

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10/19/08 12:46 P

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I TOTALLY AGREE with everyone on there NOT being an age limit to women backpacking!!! I will be turning 60 this Feb., and I have been backpacking every year since I was in my 20's... not only are the backpacks now-a-days better made and better fitted, but they are also available gender-specific to make the fit EVEN better!

Also, if I'm not backpacking, I'm often wearing a scuba tank and scuba gear on my back as I walk to dive locations (granted it's usually not a long walk, but the full tank, plus the weight belt weighs in at around 50 pounds and is not even half as comfortable and well fitted as a woman's hiking backpack)...and I have yet to pass up a dive because I "might" have to carry a "load" on my "old lady back! "

I think that article is an insult to all outdoor women! I would LOVE to get a link to that original author so we can all set him or her "straight" on this issue!!!

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10/19/08 12:10 P

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I would agree with what ASTER said about having a well made backpack with is padded and well fitted. I also think that for women in good shape who get plenty of weight bearing exercise and good nutrition, there is little risk. I am assuming the chief concerns would be bone density and cardiovascular health? I haven't seen anything on this subject. Currently, a 40 pound backpack would be about 29% of my body weight, and I don't know if that is above the recommended or not.
BTW. I'm 48 and have had no problem whatsoever.

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10/19/08 10:08 A

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No kidding! I am really close to 40 and also, WHAT?I hadn't read about that "age limit" on backpacks, but I had read something on the percentage of one's body weight that one should not exceed in a backpack load. I don't recall what it was, but it definitely wasn't a problem for daily commuting and day hiking, but was definitely a problem for backpacking. I NEED to carry between 35-40 pounds if I am solo backpacking with tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear stove, cookware water and filter and some pretty lightweight food. I get something of a reprieve if I am backpacking with my husband or another partner. What is even funnier about this is that what is "too much" for me to carry at 150# will be "way too much" for me to carry once I get down to a healthier 130#. This doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. I have to wonder if these writers and their sources are taking into account good backpacks with sternum straps and most importantly padded hip belts and backpacks which are adjusted well to fit the individual or if this is huge over reaction to people (especially children who are still growing) hanging huge loads off one shoulder in cheap backpacks.

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10/19/08 9:32 A

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We love to hike, I live in PA and we have great mountainous terrain around our community so we take advantage whenever we can.
I just read on aol yesterday, one of the things women over 40 should not wear is a backpack...what? I am not 40 yet, a few years off, but again WHAT? Okay, I guess when hiking, you should carry your stuff in a messanger bag? LOL what the heck does a bag have to do with someone's age? I would have loved to write to the author of that one. I will wear a backpack hiking when I am 60, 70, 100 lol.
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