i've had a cabelas alaskan guide model framepack for a long time. it's not a bad pack. it's heavy, there's a lot of things on it i don't use. so i modified it. i studied engineering in college, but i had a PE in redneck engineering by the time i was in highschool.
here's the evolution of my frame pack. i took tubing cutters and made a tripod swivel out of the extendible top bar. i took off the freighter pod bottom. i cut out the rainfly, i cut half the straps(including the ones for the soft pack part) and took a lot of padding out,
So you've booked an outfitted hunt this year. And you're going to get to ride horses into the mountains to save your legs and your back.
I've met lots of guys who've been in this same situation. They figure, "heck, how hard can it be?" But, I assure you, if you don't learn to get along with your mount for the week, it's going to be a bumpy, scary, noisy, and life threatening experience.
First, let's start with the horse itself. A horse trained under western style has 4 gears. The walk, trot,...