It’s that time of year where here at Trailhead Supply, we try and juggle the best we can in our shop. The balancing of building all the new deckers, that are on order, and the repairing of all the tack that gets tore up on those early season trips, along with making time for a little fun out on the trail for ourselves. It’s not always the new guy that is having the wrecks. More times than not it’s the veteran packer a little too confident or it could be just adding a new animal in the string. Even just changing the order of your pack stock might be enough to get some wild stories to tell around the campfire. But here is the bottom line, take care of number one!!! I tell every pack class I teach; you have to take care of number one, and you are number one. Its simple really If you get hurt you can’t fix the problem. And there may not be someone around to patch you back together and go for help. Now don’t go running out and buy a personal locator just because I said take care of number one. Fix the problem before you need that electronic device. You see a saddle leaning; stop and fix it. Something is rattling and the stock isn’t happy; stop and fix it. One of the animals is crow hopping every few hundred yards, He’s trying to tell you something isn’t right, stop, pull the saddle and find out what isn’t right before you get a helicopter ride out.
Here is the best advice I can give you… when the shit hits the fan and all hell breaks loose, let go of the rope. This is not the time to cowboy up, this is not the time to let pride take control, just let go of that lead rope. When the dust settles, you’ll be fine and you will be able to pick up the pieces and start over. Camp is not going anywhere, and dinner can always be heated back up.
Be safe and have a fun and memorable (good memories) packing season…
Let us know how we can help you get out on the trail,