I recently went into North face to discuss the right pack for my RTW trip. We came to the conclusion that i needed around 55 to 60 lbs of material in my pack for my 11 month trek. I will be doing trekking in various places and whatever else i can think of. My question is that I've heard that there are "v=backpacking" boots that are made for carrying a certain load weight. But i can't seem to find them. Do they exist. Also i could use some suggestions on what boots would be suitable for me. Central and S. America in May-July (light trekking), then to Aus. and New Z (August-October), Then to India, Nepal in November to Dec. (Trekking in Nepal) and off to Russia and the rest of Eastern Europe. I plan to do a lot of walking too, if that helps. Thanks.
Boots depends on both the total pack weight you're carrying and the terrain of your treks. Thick sole, high ankle boots protect your feet from stones and sharp edges as well as your ankles when hiking on *dirt* trails. On pavement, these boots can be painful as they don't have much cushion. That's why many use cross-training shoes if there's no hardcore, extended trekking in their trips. Asolo, Vasque, Montrail, Scarpa and Solomon make excellent hiking boots.
Just curious... have you done any backpacking in the wilderness before this trip? And how did the NF rep and you come to the conclusion that you'll be carrying about 60 lbs? What equipment/gear does this weight include? And for what type of trekking will you do? Mostly cities? Alpine trails? A mix of both? How far between points of supply?
Don't mean to put you on the spot but sales reps can be misleading sometimes. I and my GF NEVER carry more than a total 65 lbs between us when we go backpacking in the Sierra-Nevada (California) at elevations of 7000-10500 foot. This weight includes everything one would need to survive in complete wilderness for 5 days in temperatures from 35F to 110F... tent, mummy bags & pads, food, water, stove & fuel, clothes, water filter & containers, clothes, toiletry, etc.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 9, 2007, at 2:30 AM by Dezafinado ]
Oh wow. I and he thought that for the 11 months around the world i'd need 60 lbs of clothes, shoes, a sleeping bag, medical kit. but now that you mention it, 60 lbs seems like a lot to carry for that amount of time. Just curious do you know if filling a 60 L pack, does that equate to 60 lbs? I guess i'm trying to size my pack too.
As for the other questions, i have not really went off trekking through the wilderness with a pack ever. I have been traveling all my life and walk A LOT. But i think that this trip will consist of mainly city streets, some off road walking, only one trek to Everest base camp and hardly no camping. i'm still in the process of planning too, so things may seem jumbled now, thats what i hope to fix during all this chatting on TP.
For reference i WAS looking at the North face Catalyst 60 pack, to take with me. You may have more experience with the around the world trip thing. Too Big? Thanks for all the help. I NEED all i can get.
Just curious do you know if filling a 60 L pack, does that equate to 60 lbs? I guess i'm trying to size my pack too.
No, 60L is 60 liters (metric) or about 3700 ci (cubic inch); 1L = 61.6 ci. These are volume rating and not load rating, which is usually indicated somewhere by the manufacturer. I have a 60L and my pack weight is around 25-30 lbs... no camping gear, just clothes, toiletry, digicam, med kit, guide books, travel docs, a pair of sandals, a few misc items and some snacks/water for between destinations. BTW, a few seasoned RTW'ers here have made do with smaller 30-45L packs.
As for the other questions, i have not really went off trekking through the wilderness with a pack ever. I have been traveling all my life and walk A LOT. But i think that this trip will consist of mainly city streets, some off road walking, only one trek to Everest base camp and hardly no camping.
Packs feel differently at the store than on the trail. Buy from a retailer that has a good return policy so you can load and test the pack. Try REI as they have a wide selection and great return policy. From your trip description, you probably won't need to carry camping gear. My friend and his wife hiked to Everest base camp with an outfit, which provided the necessary gear for them. The only thing he bought in Katmandu was a NF jacket (knock-off) for $40. You'd need to bring your own technical clothes, boots and gaiters, etc. This info should be provided by the outfit.