- Trying to figure out how much volume and how much weight it needs to accommodate is a bit of a trick. In the Grand Canyon we carried about 35 lb, but our guide had 85 lb! We were only gone for 4 days, and we were able to get fresh water every day along the way. I am looking at the 80-85 litre packs right now. Plenty to fit in with tent, sleeping bag, therm-a-rest, stove and fuel, cooking pots and plates, food and water, first aid, sat phone, clothes (for any weather and temperature), hiking boots (2nd pair), papers.
- Fit is super important, especially with the weight I expect to carry. Hence, I will explore women' fits and well padded hip belts, breathable materials for the back and excellent weight transfer to the hips and legs away from the shoulders.
- I want a backpack where some part can be converted to a fanny pack, to I don't need to have different packs.
- Sturdy bottom (some sort of hard-wearing rubber bottom would be good)
- I want lots of pockets to keep things handy for the hiking parts and access points for packing/unpacking ease.
- Camelback pouch and external water bottle holders.
I went to MEC to take a first look. Next up: Bushtukah, Expedition Shoppe and Trailhead. They each carry different brands, so no one-stop shopping here.
Any suggestions and things to look out for will be appreciated.