- Dec 12, 2020
Great advice here from everyone, thank you so much for your input!!
Weight distribution also effects comfort.I find the most noticeable impact of training with a weighted pack is my neck/shoulders/chest/back. There are a bunch of little muscles that get used when packing loads that, at least for me, are hard to get in “packing shape” any other way. It’s less about strength and more about comfort. I find that I’m much more comfortable during the pack out and recover much more quickly when I include the weighted pack in my routine. When I haven’t trained that way, I can still pack the load but it just hurts more. You don’t have to train with full elk quarter weight, but it should be enough to feel it
That's a really good point. I don't think that dropping a couple of kettlebells into my pack was the wisest way to try to work out with a weighted pack.Weight distribution also effects comfort.
For example, putting 50 pounds of sand bags at the bottom of the pack versus
50 lbs up higher and close to the center of the the back.
I have 3 friends that have disc problems in their back...they each hauled very heavy weights as youngsters.
My hunting mentor taught me to shuttle 50-60lb loads instead of hauling 100-125 loads.
Now at age 64 I am grateful he did as I have no back problems and can still haul out a bull moose solo if needed.
That does help, thank you for your perspective! That's a really good point about choosing where to hunt. I'm not a very experienced woodswoman at all, I grew up farming and around animals so I'm used to the outdoors in general but where the wild things are is a different kettle of fish. So I am keen to learn as much as I possibly can so that when I hunt with my husband (who is very experienced, and also very nice about wanting to make it fun for me) that I don't slow him down any more than necessary.I'm not a woman but have hunted with my wife and learned a few things that you may already know but just in case you don't i'll mention. Before her NM elk hunt she was crushing it in the gym and got herself in great shape (we were in Ohio at the time). I am pretty active, hike, run, lift weights, and try to leverage the fact that for me, covering ground is my only hope for finding elk. My wife is a foot shorter then me and when we got in the woods she tried her best but some things like walking over dead fall is just way harder for her then me (kinda of like how I can step over the baby gate and she can't) . So rather then taking a shortcut it would have been better for us to walk around a certain patch of timber or avoid it altogether (even if elk might have been there). Ultimately her being in great shape helped with her recovery day to day, but for her it didn't matter how good of shape she was in as much as the type of country she was hunting in. I'd say get yourself in good shape but also make sure you try to understand what the areas will be like in the units you are applying and as your planning for your Plan A spot B spot etc try to make sure it is in areas you will not be miserable hunting in. I would also say if you aren't already, to make sure you are comfortable with a GPS and picking your routes. That way you can be comfortable leading the way and setting your own pace and not burning yourself out. Not sure if that helps, you are probably a more experienced woodswoman then I am but thought I'd mention what I've learned.
I use bags of lead shot but first I put a upside bucket in the pack so the heavy shot is up higher near the center of my back...makes for much more comfort compared to heavy weight down at the bottom of the backpack.That's a really good point. I don't think that dropping a couple of kettlebells into my pack was the wisest way to try to work out with a weighted pack.