By Michael Lanza
Wonder why I’m smiling in the above photo? Well, sure, two friends and I were hiking the incredibly scenic Besseggen Ridge in Norway’s Jotunheimen National Park; that had something to do with it. But the other big factor was that I was comfortable—and how well my pack carried had a lot to do with that. And how I loaded it greatly affected how well it carried on my back. In this four-minute video, I’ll show you how to properly load a backpack to make your trail miles much more enjoyable.
There are two basic goals when loading a backpack:
1. Organize it so that the items you want to get to quickly while on the trail are readily accessible;
2. Balance and distribute the weight in the pack to maximize your comfort.
Watch the video below to see me demonstrate how to properly load a backpack.
Don’t miss the comments section below, where I have a good exchange of questions and answers with some readers, and please type in your own questions or suggestions.
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