- Joe, Personally I love taking my pack off as much as possible, but yes, I ve seen a few variations on the one I ve posted. I don t even think that one isMessage 1 of 33 , Jul 5, 2013View SourceJoe,Personally I love taking my pack off as much as possible, but yes, I've seen a few variations on the one I've posted. I don't even think that one is backpacker friendly----REI must have something.And I've been waiting for a JMT "reality show"Bob
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On Jul 5, 2013, at 5:31 PM, "Joe MacLeish" <jmacleish@...> wrote:
I think my personal reality show is not a cross country race for sure. I just don't like to take my pack off any more than necessary. I use a sipper because if I have to take off my pack to access water I don't drink enough and can get dehydrated (well I don't because I use the sipper but ..) . Slinging a pack is extra work I would rather avoid if I can. Maybe that pouch you reference might work.
"What do people use to carry their current maps for immediate access"
Just how "immediate" and dire will your map reading needs be? Even if you are going cross-country it's not like there will be a knife in your back (or will there) requiring you to make absolute snap out the map judgements . . .
This won't be like one of those silly made for TV reality race things will it?
Your route finding, should it be XC or on the well marked JMT ought to be a little more relaxed and thoughtful (not to say you aren't) so as to not get lost.
I'm probably the only one, but I just carry it in the pack, top pocket and if I feel the need to figure it all out I take off the pack, take a break and figure it out.
I have seen people with clear map cases strapped to their chests, like bibs, ever at the ready, but it seems overkill.
- Thanks for the ultralite gear links Don. I hadn t seen 2 of those sites before. +1 for shoulder strap pouches. Just my preference...but I don t like the feelMessage 33 of 33 , Jul 6, 2013View SourceThanks for the ultralite gear links Don. I hadn't seen 2 of those sites before.
+1 for shoulder strap pouches. Just my preference...but I don't like the feel of extra stuff at my waist or in pockets, and up high keeps paper/electronics out of streams. I have a map pouch on one side and a camera pouch on the other. Self made for the sake of a snug fit and cause I wanted quick/easy velcro closures. Mine are cuben, but could be made out of anything. Easy to make, (though my sewing does look like something from a 5th grade class project).
--- Don Amundson <amrowinc@...> wrote:
I just finished printing reduced size copies of the Harrison JMT maps. I normally print the pages out at 75% of their original size then trim the blank areas off. Makes for a smaller package but may be a problem if you have any "eye" issues. I just slip them in my pants pocket. I have used the blank backs of the pages for journal entries. If you don't have room in your pants or hip belts there are many shoulder strap pouch options and also fanny packs. Why did you dump your extra carry bag? Just from the sound of it I suspect the reason but curiosity... Some sources:
Shoulder pouch 2
Shoulder pouch 3
Shoulder pouch 4
Shoulder pouch 5
And finally a bag with room for everything and at sub 3oz.
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2013 16:59:52 -0700
Subject: [John Muir Trail] Map carrying "case".
So I bought the ULA Catalyst pack and dumped an extra carry bag that went over my pack and hung on my chest for maps, shades, trail food, camera, etc. My Catalyst has just enough space for everything (I hope) in the waist belt pockets except the maps which I use constantly. On this trip it is cross country so map use will be even more intense. What do people use to carry their current maps for immediate access. The map won't fit in the waist belt pockets. I can cobble up something but maybe there are some good ideas already out there. thanks