How to adjust a backpack for hills

Gravity is a bitch… just ask a rock climber.

But in the same way that good climbers learn to compensate or lessen the effects of Newton’s fabulous law, so too can hikers and backpackers learn to adjust a backpack to help with hills.

It’s really pretty simple.

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By using your main shoulder straps and your load lifter top shoulder straps, you simply adjust the distribution of weight either INTO or AWAY from your body and better balance the overall weight and of the backpack for whether you’re going up hill or down.

Try it and you might be pleasantly surprised as to how much easier it is!

Writer, producer and content creator by trade, search and rescue volunteer by passion, Caro Ryan started to inspire, teach and encourage people to get into hiking and the outdoors safely.

It’s all about connecting people to wild places in meaningful ways, so they can look after themselves, their mates and these precious places we visit.

She teaches wilderness navigation, authored the book, ‘How to Navigate’ and hosts, ‘Rescued - an Outdoor Podcast for Hikers and Adventurers.

In the bottom of her pack you'll find coffee grounds, instant noodles past their used by date and an insatiable curiosity.

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