Backpack and Poles


A backpack is a primary piece of gear for all types of hiking. The The most important attribute for the backpack is a correct fit. A backpack that shifts and rubs the body will cause an irritation to the body on a long hike.

Consider these things...

  • Fit: GET MEASURED! It is not about how tall the human is, it is about the human's torso length. Higher end backpacks have an adjustable torso length. Additionally, waist size matters as 80% of the weight should be supported by the hips!

  • Capacity: What size of bladder will fit in the hydration reservoir? How much gear will fit? In general the following guidelines usually work: day hikes 10-30L, 1-3 days 30L-50L, and extended trips >50L.

  • Features: All sorts of backpack configurations are available. For example hydration reservoir, internal frames, mesh back panels, ventilation channels, top loaders, side loaders, multi-pockets, hip belt, removeable daypack, sleeping bag compartments, padding, gear loops, and rain cover to name a few features.

In 2021 Staci πŸ‘§πŸ» is carrying the Gregory Jade 28 backpack. This backpack has an internal frame suspension with a free float technology that allows the backpack to move with the body. The hydration reservoir easily fits the 3L (100oz) pressurized reservoir by Aquamira. The waist belt is a bit thicker which provided the correct support without cutting off circulation or feeling "too tight."

Jason πŸ‘¨ carries the Osprey Manta 36 (pictured) which has been discontinued. Jason appreciates the space in the pack as it has plenty of room for food and clothes. The pack feels snug against him and doesn't stress his back, even when loaded. The pack has great ventilation with a net that encourages flow of air between the back and the backpack. The hydration reservoir easily fits the 3L (100oz) pressurized reservoir by Aquamira.

In 2012 and 2013 the sisters πŸ‘§πŸ‘§πŸ» both carried the Geigerrig Rig 500 (discontinued) day pack. This pack is small holding a 2L (70oz) bladder. Creative packing and stuffing got all the necessary supplies for the ONE-DAY R2R crossing into the bag.

Trekking (Hiking) Poles

Trekking Poles are not required BUT THEY SHOULD BE REQUIRED! The main advantage is that hiking poles absorb soe of the shock on the joints when stepping in ascents and descents. Poles also keep your arms moving which provides more muscle uphill and control downhill.

Some benefits...

  • Improved hiking motion

  • Reduced impact on legs, knees, ankles, and feet

  • Use them to push away bushes, spider webs, probing rocky areas for stability

  • Help establish a hiking rhythm

  • Balance - 2 extra points of contact on the trail!

  • Tool: shelter, splint for broken body part, etc

A hiker should ensure they know how to adjust the length of the hiking pole

Amy taught the sisters to use hiking poles. Amy's pole of choice is the Black Diamond brand.

Staci πŸ‘§πŸ» uses Leki Cressida trekking poles with a Leki Fitness Walking tip. The poles have speed lock system for adjustment.

Shadonna πŸ‘§ uses the trekking poles she finds at Costco. In this picture taken while passing through Phantom Ranch she is demonstrating the 2 poles in 1 hand technique! 😁