I’ve packed many a backpack over the years for our adventure races and ultra runs, which means I’ve uttered many a curse word while lamenting the fact that I put something important at the bottom of my pack, in a an inconvenient spot, or exposed it to loss or damage. So to keep you from having to wash your own mouth out with soap on the trail, here is the good, the bad and the not so pretty about how to pack, what to bring, and where to put it for your next big hike! The Pack: For a day hike, you will rarely need anything bigger than a 20 liter pack. For multiple day hikes, a 30 to 60 liter will be the call. The most important factors for me when choosing a pack are: lightweight, durable material, LOTS of mesh pockets on the outside of the pack (back, sides, top), big pockets on the waist belt on both sides, pockets on the shoulder straps (can you tell I’m a fan of outside pockets? Easy access baby!), a solid enough waist belt to carry the bulk of the weight, the ability to easily dry and drain, and last but not least, how it fits on my body. The Must Haves for a Day Hike:
Pack it up! XO Robyn
Join us on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 5:00 a.m. for a hike up Mt. San Jacinto with World Renowned Adventure Racer Robyn Benincasa.
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