It's a very sad day for me...

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1. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

... Unfortunately, my constant companion, friend and essentially my house - my 30l Karrimor Rucksack - has developed a hole in the stitching in the top which is unrepairable. It's fairly simple bag and cost me about 30gbp, 6 or 7 years ago, but has been perfect for my needs.

Since then it has been about the only constant in my life! It's been used as a Uni bag, a daily work bag, my regular shopping/grocery bag, as well as been on virtually all of my travels in that time. One of the very few objects that has been regularly through much of my travels, it's done probably some 750,000+ km (without getting on a plane), over however many damned countries i've been through in that time.

I've lived out of that bag for months on the trott. It has been subject to customs checks at dozens of borders including attacks by rabid guard/drugs dogs; been in -45degress and +40; in an igloo and on the back of a camel; been used as a sling (!) amongst many other things; survived a knifing, and even been shot at. From one (slightly strange) point of view, i've twice even choosen the bag over the affections of a woman! And now it has to be put to rest, and i am absolutely gutted (Yes, my life really is that sad).

And i now have to go through the hassle of trying to find a worthy replacement. I am not looking forward to this.

Anybody got any suggestions (obviously whats good for one person may not be for me) as to a decent 30l rucksack that can take it's place in my affections and life??

2. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'm sorry for your loss Rich! You sound like you need a hug! Cheer up though... time will heal all wounds. And you never know, when you least expect it, you just might find the 30L sack of your dreams! So good luck and hang in there!


P.S. Did you really choose your sack over a woman?

3. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Don't want to disrespect your feelings of loss, but I just had to mention that the post above was my 313th post. Those who know me will understand what an important milestone this is. And back to your 30L sack... sorry for the interruption!

4. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

you got a girl, or wife who you could speak nicely to for Christmas Rich ? Maybe even Santa will bring you a new 30L Karrimor! Im sorry about your great loss! Dont dump it anyway! Store it up there somewhere, those buckles and straps may come in useful on another one or to tie an extra load on if your like me!

By the way! This is completely off the subject of your loss? Have you travelled round Sweden much? i was just checking out ryanair today and may possibly take a week at the end of Jan 05 to Sweden! Would love to go learn some skiing/snowboarding as ive never done it before! Would you know of any places suchlike in Sweden that i could go to if i did go! I had a look at somewhere in the north of Finland (for beginners) a few weeks back but flights are a bit more pricey to it!

Thanks for any help rich and i do hope you get your longed for prezzy!


5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Stuff the bag, I want to hear about how the bag won out over a woman - and twice at that!

I have my own ideas but please, tell all!

6. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

is it seriously unfixable ?? not even with duct tape..... ??? ;)

though i'm not suprised you chose a rucksack over a whats the story ???

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Tam - Yes, i have a vague recollection of your 313 obsession from the dim and distant past (which probably means last week), and i am honored you chose to waste such an important post on my bag.

Nikki - unfortunately, even duct tape seems unlikely to work, except as a short term solution.

Ed - strange you mention Xmas, as i've spent the last 2 days working for Father Xmas (really). Holly cow is his secretary fit though.
Anyhow. Yes, i've been around Sweden quite allot, and depending on exactly what your looking for, i'd recommend the area around Åre/Storlien, which is the biggest winter sports area and very well set up (on a map, look about 150km inland from Trondheim in Norway.

For something a bit different, i'd suggest Riksgränsen (on the Norwegian border by Narvik - some of the ski runs start and end in Sweden, but go through Norway on the way down). It's fairly small and not overly high, but a good set up. But the biggest thing about it is the fact it's essentially in the middle of nowhere, Waaaaay over the arctic circle, although it makes it trickier/more expensive to get to, and also not that many foreign tourists. But you get allsorts of other bits (ice climbing, skidoo-ing, dogsledding etc if it appears that you don't work well with skiing/snowboarding) plus a high chance of seeing the Northern lights. If you want more details/ideas abourt either or elsewehere, just let me know.

(btw don't start on the girl/wife thing. The cardinal rule in life is that whatever happens, make sure that your girlfriend and wife don't join forces to confront the fiancee. Things get messy at that point)

And as for the bag/woman thing, for anybody thinking i used the bag to whack her over the head is probably not as far off as they think. The story/reasoning is possibly worth a thread in itself anyway, so i'll post it when i get a chance

8. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

thats funny about the bag/woman thing Gelli! Im waiting to hear it all!

Hey some good info there about the skiing/snowboarding thing! Do you know if there would be ski /snowboard schools at these places as im a complete beginner! Any idea of prices for lessons etc!


9. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Just forgot about my own suggestion for you Gelli

Check out for ideas of a new bag. I purchased the Lifeventure Kibo 40L rucksack back in August and have used it quite a bit since, im really pleased with it! Its got 3 compartments, lockable zips, compression straps, ice axe loops, external mesh pockets etc.

There are smaller versions of the same bag if you wanna go back to the 30L same as your karrimor!

Check it out Gelli if you wana keep on the move!


10. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I know how you feel.

I lost my Rucksack (and all inside) in a fire two weeks before I left South America.
I was fairly attached to it. When I was in India I used to joke with my friends that when I got home Id carry on living out of it. you know like take it to the pub with me etc.

I'm feeling your pain.

Also looking forward to some insurance;)

There is always a silver lining

maybe even literally, wow that's a nice idea a silver lined ruck sack

goodluck with replacing it Gelli, and enjoy it it's always fun choosing your newest travelling companion!