Carrying field guides and backpacks

Subject: Carrying field guides and backpacks
From: "Paul Coddington" <>
Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2002 01:18:46 +0000

Tony Russel wrote:

I often marvel at the way friends burden themselves down with cameras, scopes, tripods, bins, and a back pack !

I do a lot of my birding while hiking, which means I always take a backpack to carry food, water, field guide, notebook, and sometimes other stuff like camera, rain jacket or warm clothes. But I found it was really tiring and annoying to have the backpack straps dig into the shoulders every time I lifted up my arms to hold up the binoculars. So I would take off the pack every time I wanted to look at a bird, which was also a pain, and sometimes the bird would be gone by the time I did that and got the bins up to my eyes. I was thinking of using a little butt pack but they are mostly too small for everything I wanted to carry. A few years ago I found a lumbar pack, which is like a big butt pack, clips around the waist, no painful shoulder straps, just enough room for everything I carry. It's great!

Paul Coddington
Adelaide, South Australia

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