Outfitting Your Outdoor Lifestyle
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July 17, 2015
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The Key to successfully packing your pack so that you are comfortable and maximizing your load hinges on 2 major factors Organization and Weight Distribution  

I like to lay out all my gear weeks before my trip so that I can get an account of what I need and what I want to bring with me….But also to get everything organized and weight out so that I know what I’m getting myself into. By organizing my gear and getting a full account of what I have it makes it easier on me when I need access the gear later.. nothing worst than having to tear your pack apart to find what you need. Which bring me to my first tip on organization.. its an art form… you want to pack the gear you will need the most in places that are most accessible but still trying to adhere to the weight distribution so when I organize my gear I lay it out by “most used” and “weight” category this will help you find the proper home for you gear..

I like to separate all my “occasional use”  gear into color coded stuff bags by type. That way it is much easier to access later, IE: cooking gear, personal hygiene, food, etc. and it allows me to put it where I need the weight… Items like GPS, game calls, binos, snacks I like to utilize the accessory pockets on my pack

Another consideration when packing is packing in a manor that minimizes internal movement within the pack one because less noise but 2 and more importantly the more item shift and move the more energy and effort required by you to navigate with the pack.


Backpack Weight Distribution

By distributing weight as depicted bellow , you can achieve better comfort, convenience and stability.



Backpack Weight Distribution



External backpacks When using an external frame pack the heaviest items should be packed on top and closes to the back to center the pack’s weight over the hips and to place you in a more upright position. However, if your doing a lot of rock type climbing or steep maneuvering I would lower the weight to somewhere between your shoulder to get a lower center of gravity.


Internal backpacks When using an internal frame pack the weight wants to be centered just bellow the shoulder blades, close to your back and as centered as possible. By doing this, the weight is centered on your hips. I did not make this diagram if I did I would probably have color coded it with extra heavy items on the bottom end of where heavy is depicted


Play with your set up and get it dialed in take it out for a hike by the house walk up and down your stairs for a few hours if you need too, taking the time and putting in the effort before you hit the mountain may mean you tagging the trophy of a lifetime or leaving early because you couldn’t cut it .

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John Stallone

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John Stallone Marketing Director: The Hunting Channel Host of Days in the Wild Content coordinator: for The Outdoor Insiders Field Editor for Earned DIY journal  Facebook Twitter Instagram I am the marketing Director for The Hunting Channel, a National pro-staff shooter for Mathews, Swhacker, trufire, Sneek Tec, Bow IQ , cogburn and Gold tip as well as many more . I am a outdoor videographer and writer in the hunting industry. My program is viewed over  4million x monthly, I am a published outdoor writer and have over 4 million views on youtube and receive traffic upwards of 65 million each year on my video clips. I have completed my whitetail slam and currently working on my super slam. My TV show was voted viewer’s choice for 2014 on Carbon TV and I have been successfully producing shows for over 11 years. Here is some of my video work: Chevy :Mathews, Tenzing Swhacker Broadheads, Cogburn    Here is a sample of my Hunting Show My books: The Whitetail Hunter’s Blueprint The Secrets of Hunting Western Game  Some of my accolades:  Featured in Tom Miranda's book rut hunters  Certified Deer Steward from QDMA and Clemson University Certified Wildlife Manager from Penn Foster Master Degree from Colorado State in Rangeland Management and Ecology   Some more about me:  1981 first deer hunt 1990 first deer with a bow 1996 won first archery tournament 1998 Received a Bachelor’s of Science from Grand Canyon University 2001 Started shooting Mathews as Pro-shop field staff 2002 Became chief of Infield testing for Huntech Inc 2004 started The Hunting Channel online 2004 Published First article in Midwest Whitetails 2005 Started TV Show Days in The Wild 2006 Release 1st book The Ultimate Guide to staying Scent Free 2006 Enter # 11 pope and young by spot and stalk Antelope 2007 Started Market My Hunting Business 2007 Started THC’s Tip of The Week 2008 Released  2nd Book The Secrets of Hunting Western Game 2008 Began The Hunt Fit Program 2009 Released 3rd Book The Whitetail Hunters Blueprint 2009 Began The Hunting Channel Blog 2013 Completed Master’s of Science Rangeland Management and Ecology 2013 Was awarded  The Whitetail Slam 2013 Was featured in Tom Miranda’s book The Rut Hunters 2014 Became Field Editor for Earned Magazine 2014 -2015  Days in The Wild awarded Viewer’s Choice Carbon TV 2015 first to Harvest a Florida Mt. Ibex with a bow on film 2015 Became The Content Coordinator for The Outdoor Insiders