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1. Posted by shaunigus (Budding Member 32 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I'm planning my trip around SA and was looking for advice on appropriate packs for treks. I am definately treking through Torres del Paine - thats a must on my list. I reckon i'll head on about 4 - 6 decent hikes throughout my trip. At the moment i plan to take about an 80lt travel / hybrid pack for my year trip - seems most appropriate at this stage.

However, the question is whether just a day pack size bag (25lt) is big enough for hikes up to 10 days. For TDP i wouldnt think it is as layers are the key to comfort from what i've read - that means larger pack no?!!

I am not an experienced bushman as i'm sure you can tell, so this is all new to me. I would think carrying my 80lt bag on a 10 day hike would be a bit much - maybe i'm just being a souk!

Any advice as to appropriate bag size for hikes through SA would be greatly appreciated.



2. Posted by damop_78 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I must admit I haven't hiked in South America, but I have done alot in Australia and I would not be able to last on a 10 day hike with only a 25L pack. When you take into account your food, water, purification equipment, sleeping gear, tent etc, you will quickly fill up the space. You're better off with a bigger pack and as the trip goes on it will get lighter as you eat and drink. And as for clothing, you've got it right with the layers approach.



3. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Damo, im doing a similar thing as the guy who posted (ive forgotten his name) and was wondering is it really necessary to take such a big pack!

Ive already got a nicely sized 40 litre pack that ive used on trips up to a max 3 weeks away and was thinking of using it for my RTW and picking up stuff as i go along as i need it! like tent - theres room to strap it on the side!

im just a bit confused bout which pack to buy/ bring! been talking to my cousin last week who was away on a 3mth RTW and he had a 70 + 20 pack and said id need at least a 90 + 20 as his was too small, but i dont wanna be trying to lug that monster around either - recipe for back trouble! wots ur thoughts guys???

4. Posted by nichoco (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It depends on what gear you already have and what you are prepared to spend.Check out as this has the most up to date information on equipment for hiking.I would think about 50L max with everything inside the pack would be about right.