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Thread: Ideal weight of the back pack to hike in Southern California?

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    Re: Ideal weight of the back pack to hike in Southern California?

    Take your time and make sure they fit well. "Waterproof" Goretex uppers won't help you much in snow, loose rocks, or encounters with cacti. The heavier your pack gets, the more ankle support you'll need. Expect to pay a couple hundred bucks. But if you can wait a few months and afford the real deal, lightweight Esatto custom boots start around $700 and are well worth it. Danner is a store brand of light leather suitable for narrow normal feet (not wide!), and modest conditions.

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    Re: Ideal weight of the back pack to hike in Southern California?

    Back to the OPs question, you mention mountains but did not say the elevation. Don't forget that thinner air will require some adjustment.

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    Re: Ideal weight of the back pack to hike in Southern California?

    Good idea is to car camp high and take short walks for a couple days before trying something strenuous. And eat easy to digest food until you're acclimated (very important)

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    Re: Ideal weight of the back pack to hike in Southern California?

    I've been using a pair of Alicos for the past eight years. Probably the most comfortable hiking boots I've had yet.
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    Re: Ideal weight of the back pack to hike in Southern California?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    Good idea is to car camp high and take short walks for a couple days before trying something strenuous. And eat easy to digest food until you're acclimated (very important)
    Just as important at high elevations--- avoid eating beans!
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    Re: Ideal weight of the back pack to hike in Southern California?

    I usually carry several can of bean to heat them in the fire, the way old cowboys used to do it. They are always good. If everyone eats it, then no problem, and we keep the mountain lions away.

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    Re: Ideal weight of the back pack to hike in Southern California?

    I had a backpacking pal who'd buy discount freeze-dried food from a so-so sporting goods chain store. He cooked up some Chili beans one evening, took a bite, and dumped it behind an aspen tree. Ever since, I joked about a dead bloated bear behind that tree.

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