Pack it in

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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I get requests for info on what kind of pack to use for the Half Dome hike. I do not like backpacks because my back really sweats and as the day goes on my lower back often aches. So I prefer fanny packs. But I know everyone is different, so you decide what works for you. You should be doing training hikes so you can try a few options. Backpacks are generally bigger – a downside is that if there is room, you tend to carry more. I like to go minimalist. Every ounce you take you have to carry up and down. I use 2 Nalgene wide-mouth bottles for my fluid needs. So a fanny pack has tobe able to hold these larger diameter bottles. The openings match up with the output fitting of my Katadyne Pro Hiker filter pump. Most fanny packs on the market today will only accept the smaller bicycle type bottles that are maybe 20 ounces max – my bottles are 32 oz. So you really have to look around. The best I have found is made by High Sierra. 



It has all kinds of compartments, attachment pints, bands to keep the bottles from falling out and cinch straps to keep it from sagging down your butt. I’ll leave the shopping and google searching up to you. A couple others I’ve seen are a Mountain Smith product, this North Face and this Osprey. Plan on about $40-$60.


Tune in tomorrow and I’ll tell you about a new backpack that I tried and liked.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “When you come to the fork in the road – take it!” – Yogi Berra, NY Yankees great catcher
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –


2 Responses to “Pack it in”

  1. John Lauer Says:

    I like my Whitney backpack by Gregory.

  2. BellaBike Says:

    Another cool thing about the High Sierra pack is they make shoulder harness straps that can be attached, so it wears more like a backpack. That keeps it from bumping up & down on my (very) female tush. I chose this bag because I can carry all my Nikon gear in it + hiking stuff. I didn’t tote all of that up Half Dome, but I’ve done a lot of lesser hiking with my camera gear. As long as you’ve got a filter pump, having 2 water bottles provides enough volume – no need to haul the biggest Camelbak bladder you can find.

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