View Full Version : well. there goest that "New Pack Smell". hehe.

09-30-2013, 01:37 PM
i FINALLY got out to hunt deer with the new pack. easy trip (i was told). staying out overnight..two day hike down a valley. simple right?

i carried a 3 liter Dromedary bag and a 1 liter camelback bladder. i simply dropped another 1 gallon jug of water into the middle of the pack. with the bow, my pack was about 40lbs. i am lucky. my pack (DT2 with bikini) fit me right out of the box. no hot spots. i'm not gonna blow smoke up anyone's butt and tell you my load was light as a feather.. climbing up and down mountains so steep you wish you had packed a climbing rope, nothing is light. the pack fit me well, didnt cause any pack pain..but it wasnt magical..that 40 lbs still occasionally felt like 50.

we blew it. we got separated from our trucks by steep canyons and impassable walls of thorny bushes. we had to take our packs off and climb into tunnels formed by burned out holly like thorn bushes across the spine of a mountain. my pants pockets got shredded..tossing my iphone down a ravine. (i retrieved it. but i did wonder about the new iphone 5) we pushed out packs ahead of us for yards and yards before we could stand up. it was awful. one of our party never intended to stay out overnight, so he didnt have enough water for our adventure. we shared. i was glad to lighten my load.

in the end, we climbed, decended, crawled..butt slided, side-hilled, about 15-17 miles..drank all of our water, saw a ton of deer..and my pack was the only one that didnt tear. if is filthy. it started off foilage green, but is now, "burned out forest, ashy black"...like i took it into a coal mine.

this is one tough pack.

09-30-2013, 02:06 PM
This is why I love Kifaru. sounds like you properly Broke it in Boom. congrats.

10-01-2013, 03:16 AM
Sounds like a good time!


10-01-2013, 10:31 AM
Now that sounds like the way to field test a pack.

10-01-2013, 01:09 PM
It sounds like you and I hunt the same. I seem to make things much harder on me and my equipment than I need to. Some pics would be sweet.

10-01-2013, 07:45 PM
i didnt take that many pics. here is one where we had to crawl. those are my feet, and the branches are right over my head. it looked impassable, but my buddy dropped his gear and found a route.

gah..let me load them on photobucket.
http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y482/boomchakabowwow/IMG_1148_zps2ee214bc.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/boomchakabowwow/media/IMG_1148_zps2ee214bc.jpg.html)
http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y482/boomchakabowwow/IMG_1147_zps9c24442d.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/boomchakabowwow/media/IMG_1147_zps9c24442d.jpg.html)
http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y482/boomchakabowwow/IMG_1145_zpsfc67b973.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/boomchakabowwow/media/IMG_1145_zpsfc67b973.jpg.html)

10-01-2013, 11:44 PM
The things a guy will do for a deer.

10-02-2013, 03:20 PM
Ah, I remember those brushy days of my youth. You get into some places (to low to crawl to high to step over) where you just back into the brush and keep pushing/falling until you are through. Arms, legs and face all scratched up, those were the days. Glad both you and the packed survived. That stuff can be a real character builder.