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Mar
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comment What kind of features should I look for on a good trekking backpack?
@BenCrowell Yup, UK based here so the weather is definitely a huge influence on the gear I choose to get! It's less the fabric wearing on cheaper packs that I've seen, more some of the straps failing (what appears to be) suddenly. I'm sure many are fine, I've just erred on the side of caution since, especially for longer hikes with little contact with the outside world.
Mar
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comment What kind of features should I look for on a good trekking backpack?
@BenCrowell That is interesting, definitely shows personal preference. I used to wrap everything up in waterproof bags inside the rucksack, but then after getting a good, waterproof bag I've never had to do this (and never looked back.) I still think durability is something that I'd prioritise on a week long trek though - I wouldn't mind for a couple of days, but I'd want to be confident that for this length of time the rucksack wouldn't suddenly produce a large hole (or break a strap, or similar.)
Mar
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Mar
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answered What kind of features should I look for on a good trekking backpack?
Mar
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answered Painful leather hiking boots - persevere or give up?
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Jan
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answered How to assure safe searching for cache hidden in my own backyard?
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answered Make UPS-like cache searchable in winter
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Jan
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comment Is it safe to drink out of a rusty thermos?
Sure - though in an emergency a lot of normal rules would go out the window! I was more aiming at for general use.
Jan
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comment Safe looking for caches in hollows
@Blackbear Good point, I've added that on now as well - I've been fortunate to avoid any such encounters yet, but have certainly been weary of such things when searching.
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Jan
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answered When to perform a filtering of the water?
Oct
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revised How do I set a top rope anchor?
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