Did you not have the pack attached to the frame? When the pack is attached the meat can’t really slip that far before hitting the pack. I have an Exo K3 with 4800 pack and have been happy with it. They make a crib hauler that I’ve used and quite pleased with it if not using the pack.As silly as it sounds, my first packout was a couple weeks ago of N America’s largest land mammal. I ended up doing one bison front quarter and one hind quarter in 2 separate loads. It was…heavy. Yikes.
Previously the deer / antelope I’ve dealt with have been within dragging distance of vehicles, and the elk and moose have remained damned elusive.
I learned quite a bit on that pack out. I used an Exo K2 frame. I was disappointed in the constant slipping of the belt, which put much / most of the load on my shoulders. I had previously practiced with 90 pound loads on this pack but it performed way worse with the extra weight of a bison hindquarter (120+ I would guess). I also realized that the pack didn’t have straps long enough to to wrap around a bison head, and that having only two frame-specific straps was woefully inadequate when I tried to pack a 100+ bag of burger meat (slippage). My friends who had an SG and Barney’s pack and I all unanimously agreed that my frame sucked for the task relative to theirs.
I strongly feel that nothing compares to reality of in field experiences. So what first/worst experiences have you had with meat pack outs that changed your view? What helped change your gear choices?
That’s the truth. Beware the steep drainages on north slopes, the elk trails stay away from them for a reason.I’ve learned the hard way that it’s really hard to fight gravity with a heavy pack/ when packing a heavy load down hill it’s very season to get ‘pulled’ towards streams/steepest faces of a slope. You really have to fight to side hill and stay out of the hell holes.
Definitely worth it to place meat in whatever system you use strategically. My biggest mistakes with my SG has been not hiking up the loadshelf as high as possible.I might add, for years I used a stripped down kelty Super Tioga external frame which had a head rack extension and a metal waist belt buckle. I preferred putting as much weight as possible as high as possible....just had to be careful not let it get in front of you on the downhill.
Sadly, I broke the frame training with a 80lb section of railroad rail.....also included in top ten dumbest things.
Still miss that frame.
Yep..don't know if that thought process has been lost in the last few decades. Seems like the design of most packs these days disregards that notion. It makes a difference in my mind.Definitely worth it to place meat in whatever system you use strategically. My biggest mistakes with my SG has been not hiking up the loadshelf as high as possible.
Like you said high as possible.
Huge difference. My first mistake was to just thrown the meat in my pack so all the weight was at butt level. Now I strap the bulk of the weight about level with my shoulder blades. Second mistake was to think I had to get it all out that night. Now I take a reasonable load out and then sleep in the next day and get the rest.Yep..don't know if that thought process has been lost in the last few decades. Seems like the design of most packs these days disregards that notion. It makes a difference in my mind.
Here's a good one for you not to do... Last year had to pack out a 6pt herd bull I had been hunting for days is some of the nastiest country possible (was already worn out before I shot him). I decided to hike all meat to a lower spot on ridge that would be in better spot for bears and my hike in next day. Decided to make two trips, big mistake! Got first half loaded did the side roll to get pack on my back, one monster squat and I was vertical. Tightened everything down got it comfortable (I have packed several HEAVY loads before and am a larger person so nothing new). Now to the part that sucked... Took one step to get over some rocks and placed my trekking pole to gain leverage and then it happened: the trekking pole clamp collapsed under the extreme load. So as it goes the weight shifts forward and luckily my face was there to brake my fall. So after realizing it was just minor bleeding and I was fine unlike my rifle scope also hit previously mentioned rocks and was shattered. The worst part was trying to get out from under that pack and regain my wits. I got it done but it was a challenge that hurt like hell. The only true lessons is good gear, good boots, knowing your physical limits and lots of Paracord and even with everything right sometimes [email protected] just goes wrong.. be safe