Monday, November 8, 2010
Here is a fairly unattractive picture of me and my bag.
Amalia and I didn't communicate very well before our trip. She was super busy with the Fork Fest so I kind of gave up asking her questions about what and how much she was bringing. Not like either of us knew what to bring, having never been on a trip like this. Multiple people recommended I get the size 75 bag. I really like the bag itself. But I can fit a lot in it. I have all my rock climbing gear, plus I have attached my rope bag to the back which adds a lot of weight (you can kind of see it in the picture). I brought enough conditioner and gel for 6 months, which I guess is kind of heavy, but as I use it it will get lighter. I didn't bring THAT many clothes. I do have more than Amalia (her bag is a 65), which messes up the laundry schedule a little. But I've used everything I have. I do have the biggest bag of all the backpackers around here. The bus driver from this morning made fun of me. Should I be embarrassed? At REI the guy helping me size my bag gave me the impression that if I have the straps set all right I would be able to stand up straight no matter how heavy the bag is. I haven't quite figured that out yet. Any advice is appreciated (but not if the advice is to throw out my conditioner).