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I had two Contour IV packs.  This is the last one:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=281071248923

When I was younger I loved these packs.  This one is a bit heavier than the stripped down model I already sold.  

But it's time to cut weight, and move on to backpacking  as a senior.  Growing old is hard!


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Growing old beats the alternative.
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Why is growing old hard?  It's completely automatic... takes no effort at all.   :;):

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Why is growing old hard?  It's completely automatic... takes no effort at all.   :;):

Well, for me, I have never worked at anything so hard in my life as I work at growing old.  I can't even carry the old BP stuff anymore.  

You must be very  young.....

Maybe we should call you YoungBen2Wrold?


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Why is growing old hard?  It's completely automatic... takes no effort at all.   :;):

Well, for me, I have never worked at anything so hard in my life as I work at growing old.  I can't even carry the old BP stuff anymore.  

You must be very  young.....

Maybe we should call you YoungBen2Wrold?

Nah, not that young... just in big denial.   :D

















(I'm 52.)


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Why is growing old hard?  It's completely automatic... takes no effort at all.   :;):

Well, for me, I have never worked at anything so hard in my life as I work at growing old.  I can't even carry the old BP stuff anymore.  

You must be very  young.....

Maybe we should call you YoungBen2Wrold?

Nah, not that young... just in big denial.   :D

















(I'm 52.)

What a hoot!!  I tried the denial thing for awhile myself but that only works so long.

On the CDT-L I chat with a lady who is section hiking the CDT.  She will be 71 this year and will be doing 1/3 of NM.  She did a 3rd last year.  It is amazing how she is cutting weight so she can keep packin'.

I bought a new Zpack hexamiod plus solo tent this year.  Single wall, just over a lb.  Cost me $400.  When  you start paying that kind of money to cut ounces believe, DENIAL no longer works.  Its all reality then.


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What year is that pack?

I picked up a similar Contour IV pack during the summer of 1997. I still have it shoved in the closet. Used it once last three winters, but finally retired it for a new winter pack.
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What year is that pack?

I picked up a similar Contour IV pack during the summer of 1997. I still have it shoved in the closet. Used it once last three winters, but finally retired it for a new winter pack.

My wife got her Contour IV in 1987... that one is definitely newer.

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What year is that pack?

I picked up a similar Contour IV pack during the summer of 1997. I still have it shoved in the closet. Used it once last three winters, but finally retired it for a new winter pack.

My wife got her Contour IV in 1987... that one is definitely newer.

I think the Contour packs came out in the 80's.  I got my first one through Serria Trading Post and pickd up a 2nd one for my oldest son.  We were just making the jump from external to internal frames.  Big move back once upon a time.  Externals are far and few between any more.
But they were neat and great for having everything organized.

I had three externals- all a good trade name- and all 3 were sold on email.

I have sold lots of packs on eBay.  For awhile I had a new pack every year- try it a time or two, then sell it and try another one.

I stayed with the Contour 4 for over 20 years and my smaller and lighter MountSmith Auspex.  

So I am presenting a case for making a pack history of one's life cycle.  Smaller, to bigger, then smaller again.

Maybe I'll be cremated someday and be buried in a small pack.


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What year is that pack?

I picked up a similar Contour IV pack during the summer of 1997. I still have it shoved in the closet. Used it once last three winters, but finally retired it for a new winter pack.

My wife got her Contour IV in 1987... that one is definitely newer.

I think the Contour packs came out in the 80's.  I got my first one through Serria Trading Post and pickd up a 2nd one for my oldest son.  We were just making the jump from external to internal frames.  Big move back once upon a time.  Externals are far and few between any more.
But they were neat and great for having everything organized.

I had three externals- all a good trade name- and all 3 were sold on email.

I have sold lots of packs on eBay.  For awhile I had a new pack every year- try it a time or two, then sell it and try another one.

I stayed with the Contour 4 for over 20 years and my smaller and lighter MountSmith Auspex.  

So I am presenting a case for making a pack history of one's life cycle.  Smaller, to bigger, then smaller again.

Maybe I'll be cremated someday and be buried in a small pack.

I've carried internals exclusively sine 1978 when I gave up on externals. Have had dozens from most of the makers. I still prefer big packs, even though I'll be 52 soon.

A big pack with a GREAT suspension can carry everything inside and its extra weight is mitigated by a comfortable carry (not everything equates to oz's and lb's).

A small pack with a compromised suspension and everything dangling on the outside... no thanks.


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The summer I was 50- 14 yrs ago- I spent a month in the Weimenuche Wilderness.  the contour iv was my pack!  I started out on the first section with 15 days of food in it.

It carried the weight well.  When I was 50 I had the same opinion as you.  I liked my big pack and the way it carried 40- 50 lbs.

Those days are gone.

Denial doesn't help carry the load.


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A big pack doesn't mean you have to carry 40-50 lbs... I would have thought that was obvious. It just makes lighter loads more comfortable.

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A big pack doesn't mean you have to carry 40-50 lbs... I would have thought that was obvious. It just makes lighter loads more comfortable.

That 40- 50 lbs would have been with water.  Food for 15 days takes up a lot of volume and would have been more than 50% of my starting pack weight.

I was to meet OverTheHillHIker who used the name Westy back then who was going to resupply me out of Lake City and driving in from Utah to do it.  I had never met Westy before- met him on this site.  He told me he would hike in to Cateract Lake and bring in 3 days of supplies- we would bag a peak or two and be out the 3rd day to go and bag a few more peaks in the San deChristo mts near Kit Carson.  I ate my last food in the back around noon the day he was to show up.  I ate the food, then sat on a nice rock looking out and down the trail he would be coming from.  And he showed up exactly on time- with more food!!  that is my big pack story.


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 It's completely automatic... takes no effort at all.   :;):

True, maybe.  But getting up after you fall down takes a hell of a lot of effort when you get older. :O

I know exactly of which Red Doug speaks.


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 It's completely automatic... takes no effort at all.   :;):

True, maybe.  But getting up after you fall down takes a hell of a lot of effort when you get older. :O

I know exactly of which Red Doug speaks.

And the uphills are getting harder and harder.  I creep uphill at a snails pace now and its all HARD WORK.  

So I spend dollars to cut ounces.  I expect my next pair of trekking poles may look a lot like crutches.


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