OHE May 13, 1998

Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 00:17:00 -1000
From: "Dayle K. Turner" (turner@hawaii.edu>
Subject: Trial on the Aiea Loop

After killing myself wearing external frame packs for extended outings in the backcountry, I finally made the transition to an internal frame pack, purchasing from Campmor a Camp Trails Catskill model with a capacity of 5810 cubic inches. Pat is also the proud papa of a new IF pack (a Kelty Red Cloud--5400+ c.i.). A typical daypack has a capacity of 1500-2000 c.i. so anything over 5000 is big. Speaking of packs, HTMC prez Grant Oka owns one that is in the 7000 c.i. range. In a word, HUGE.

My new baby arrived yesterday and after tweaking it some last night at home, I took it out for a test run on the Aiea Loop Trail today.

To simulate the heavy load I typically carry on backpacking trips, I stuffed some throw pillows (for bulk) and barbell plates (for weight) in the pack till it weighed in at a tad over 50 pounds. Conventional backpacking wisdom says that one should be able to haul a quarter to a third of one's bodyweight in a pack and since I weigh in the 270 lb. range, 50 pounds shouldn't mean hernia-ville.

And the pack worked fine. I was able to go around the loop about 20 minutes slower than I usually do with a light daypack--much better than expected. Also pleasing was that I didn't experience any shoulder, back, or leg soreness despite the heavy load. I still have some fine-tuning to do to get the pack fitting just right, but it's not bad as is. That I'm glad about.

I realize the Aiea Loop isn't as challenging as hiking along the Koolau Crest will be, but la loop is a start. Something to build on.

After the hike, I met Pat and Wing at Gene Robinson's place at Pearlridge Heights. We discussed the upcoming hike-of-all-hikes from Laie to Moanalua that Gene and Pat will attempt beginning on Saturday, May 23.

I plan to hook up with the dynamic duo when they reach the summit of Waimano ridge on the afternoon of Memorial Day (5/25) and continue with them the rest of the way. Gene said he'll post the proposed itinerary of the hike soon so others who'd like to join in, or those who are interested in what's going on, will know the scoops.

We'll be going up Poamoho to stage water this Saturday and welcome anyone who is interested in joining us.

--Dayle


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