After an arduous selection process, miles of testing, and hours of YouTube gear reviews, I have finally done it. I have chosen my Camino backpack! Video HERE!
The Mountainsmith Zerk 40 is fairly new on the scene, and it has some unique features created by Tom Gathman ("The Real Hiking Viking"). It's a frameless "fast pack" / "peak bagger" boasting eight reachable external pockets in addition to its large back mesh. Weighing in at under 2 lbs., this pack is designed for … Continue reading Going BerZERK on the Camino!
"How big should my backpack be?" is a regular question for new backpackers and Camino pilgrims. Unfortunately, replies can include assumptions about terminology and measurements that can lead to faulty decisions. HERE I clear up three common misunderstandings made in discussions of backpack sizing.
The struggle is real. As I wrote about in My Pack, my Camino gear journey began with the gift of the Osprey Exos 38. On paper, this was the perfect Camino pack - it seemed to work just fine on my first test hike, and held my gear perfectly on my first pack test. The … Continue reading Shopping for My Camino Backpack (Again)
It probably sounds crazy to even suggest taking a 60 Liter backpack on the Camino, and for good reason: They have too much space! They cost too much! They weight too much! Or do they??? Today's inexpensive, high quality, expandable backpacks are making such a choice a lot more reasonable. HERE I look at two … Continue reading A 60 Liter Backpack for the Camino???
I finally had to admit that my Camino backpack - the excellent Osprey Exos 38 - was not the correct size. HERE I explain how to avoid this happening to you!
So here's my Camino gear laid out in all its glory. What a lot of stuff! Do I really need all this junk? Will it even fit in my pack? Yes, I agree - it looks like a lot - and while I am not a minimalist, this seems excessive. Let's start from square one … Continue reading First Packing Test
The backpack I am bringing with me on my Camino is the Osprey Exos 38 - a very popular model on the Way for several good reasons. it is lightweight (it weighs less than my 24L day pack!) and the perfect size for what I'll be taking with me. In this video, I review the … Continue reading Osprey Exos 38 Review
Your backpack is a very important part of your Camino experience. Although there are many factors, the size is one of the primary considerations. What is the right backpack size for the Camino? In this video I show three different sized packs, discuss what each one is good (and bad) for, and tell which size … Continue reading What Size Backpack is Best for the Camino?
Now that I am nearly done gearing up for the Camino, I decided to get everything out and see what I could expect for packing. I want to get as close to the real deal as possible for training purposes. Organization Organization and quick access makes trail life a lot easier - and since my … Continue reading First Packing Test