How to Hoist a Loaded Backpack

How to Hoist a Loaded BackpackA loaded pack on the ground beside an exhausted hiker can appear immovable. It might seem like a huge dead weight, completely outside the realm of reclaiming a position on your back. But you must resist the impulse to grovel on the ground and roll and rock to a standing posture, or jerk and fling the mass around hurriedly. This will only sap precious energy. A slow, methodical approach works best.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Set the pack upright with the side that lies against your back facing you, and move your right leg tightly against it. Bend your knees and set the left leg out to create a wide base.
Step 2
Use your right hand to grab the loop on top of the pack and slide it up your calf to a balanced resting point on your thigh, which should be parallel with the ground. A stump, log or rock can be used in lieu of a thigh.
Step 3
Steady the pack with your left hand and slip as much of your right arm and shoulder as possible through the right shoulder strap.
Step 4
Lean forward and swing the pack smoothly to your back, sneaking the left arm through its shoulder strap, and then shift the weight up higher before straightening your legs.
Step 5
Fasten the buckle on the pack's hip belt and tighten the shoulder straps for comfort and balance. The strap at your chest (sternum strap) is fastened last.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Take your time; hurrying will compromise your balance. Take numerous short rests while hiking, removing your pack and stretching.
 
Take your time; hurrying will compromise your balance.
 
Take numerous short rests while hiking, removing your pack and stretching.

Article Written By Barry Truman

Barry Truman has published many outdoor activity articles in the past five years with International Real Travel Adventures, the Everett Herald and Seattle Post Intelligencer newspapers, Backpacking Light Magazine and Trails.com. He has a forestry degree from the University of Washington.

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