Weighted Pack

Discussion in 'Physical Training For Mountain Hunting And Backpac' started by One Hole, Aug 22, 2017.

  1. One Hole

    One Hole Well-Known Member

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    I bought a 7 gallon plastic Jerry can on ebay new for about$20. Fits great on eberlestock main frame with the steel shelf. Water is about 8.6lbs per gallon. Easy to add or subtract water. The water sloshes around quite a bit which test your balance on uneven ground. I like this as it's good prep for rough ground. If you don't like it you could use sand. Plus you can water you favorite fruit trees or berry patch and lighten the load on the way down. I do one long distance on level ground one day to work on endurance and do shorter steep ground the next day for cardio. It's easy to keep my target heart rate up on steep ground without the impact of running. Also builds leg and core strength.
     

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  2. Zen Archery

    Zen Archery Well-Known Member

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    I loaded a 50lb bag of corn in mine a month ago. Added 2-10lb weights this week. 2 or 5 mile hikes a day. Lot of core work out.
     
  3. Wedgy

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    I use water also so I don't have to beat up my knees on the way down, and I'm never thirsty.
     
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  4. middleofnowhere

    middleofnowhere Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking of switching to a sack of grain.
    I've been using Scuba weights and stuff. All the weight is low in the pack my method which sucks
     
  5. One Hole

    One Hole Well-Known Member

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    Does the grain make it back home? LOL
     
  6. 7magcreedmoor

    7magcreedmoor Well-Known Member

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    I cut a piece of board to appropriate size for my pack, drilled a hole and bolt barbell plates on it to the desired weight for whatever mood I'm in and go climb hills. I use eberlestock's J107, and made a mock-up rifle of pvc pipe and small plates a little heavier than my LR hunting rifle to go in the scabbard so that the total load is arranged more or less how it ends up during a pack-out with a quarter.
     
  7. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    I always carry at least 30 lbs. when hiking in our 'Vegas valley mountains or training on an inclined treadmill at home.

    Training with a decent load helps train those back and neck muscles not used when hiking with no pack. If you don't train with a pack you'll have a nasty, sore back for the first few days on a backpack trip.

    Eric B.