Carrying field guides and backpacks

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Subject: Carrying field guides and backpacks
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 23:34:07 +1000
Combining this discussion with the one about seated birdwatching; I have a small backpack that folds into a seat. It is great. I have had it for 20 years. It has been all over the place with me, yet is still in top condition. It is big enough to carry enough for your average half day stroll. It is adequately comfortable to carry. It is not an armchair but quite good to sit on. It always amazes me that the camping goods shops don't seem to have them, although Target and maybe similar emporia have an inferior quality version called a fishing stool.
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From: Paul Coddington <>
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Date: Thursday, 1 August 2002 11:19
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Carrying field guides and backpacks

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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