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Backpack training weights

Postby NE_Dad » Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:07 pm

What does everyone use to weight down their packs for training runs/hikes? I'm just curious. I realize many ppl just pack their pack as they normally would and use that, so I'm looking for answers other than just "all my gear".

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Postby SandstoneSmitty » Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:12 pm

A bag of ‘Kitty Litter’ – Comes in various sizes, fits in most packs, and can be used for multiple purposes.

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Postby firsttracks » Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:13 pm

I suggest packing water bottles / platypus bladders for your training hikes (assuming you are hiking "up"). Once you reach the top, empty out the bottles (and the weight) and save your knees on the descent.

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Re: Backpack training weights

Postby thebeave7 » Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:26 pm

NE_Dad wrote:What does everyone use to weight down their packs for training runs/hikes? I'm just curious. I realize many ppl just pack their pack as they normally would and use that, so I'm looking for answers other than just "all my gear".


Well.... if I'm running I don't weigh a pack down with anything, heck I don't even wear a pack half the time. For hikes/climbs a good way is to use large water bottles as listed below. A method I've found to create a less lumpy more balance pack is to load t shirts, jeans, and other heavy close in. Just empty out your entire dresser into your pack(neatly of course), which should give you a 40lb+ pack in no time.

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Postby Hobopoet » Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:40 pm

When I was with the Forest Service, the agency was making a change in the physical test that fire fighters had to pass each season. Previously, it was just a basic step test. In an attempt to make the test more appropriate, they developed a walk/run test over natural terrain carrying a loaded fire pack. To train for this, many fire fighters used a weighted vest, much like a hunter's vest, with dense rubber was stitched inside. It weighed 40 pounds at least, and it was very effective as a training mechanism.

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Postby mainpeak » Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:37 pm

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Postby chrispy » Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:42 pm

water bottles can be a bit dense and shifty, so I use climbing ropes, which fill up a bit more space in the pack.
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Postby chrispy » Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:45 pm

water bottles can be a bit dense and shifty, so I use climbing ropes, which fill up a bit more space in the pack.
Happy training.

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Postby grizz » Fri Oct 12, 2007 3:03 pm

I fill my pack with camping gear. Can't get any better than the real deal.
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Postby SandstoneSmitty » Fri Oct 12, 2007 3:21 pm

mainpeak wrote:Image


'Nice Rack!' Said in a manly climber sort of way..

Why the toothbrush?

Sorry to hijack the thread, but I gots to know....

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