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#134219 - 05/25/10 09:49 AM Re: Backpacking with a permaneantly broken collarbone [Re: ]
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You don't have a metal plate to hold the bone together? My dad got a plate in high school, and then bent it a few years ago and had the plate replaced.

I think you are screwed, but you can always try an external that is tall.
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#134226 - 05/25/10 11:04 AM Re: Backpacking with a permaneantly broken collarbone [Re: ]
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Check out the AARN packs, and google the Dixon roller pack. They are not traditional backpacks and might work better for you than the usual shoulder strap/hip belt combo.
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#134227 - 05/25/10 11:32 AM Re: Backpacking with a permaneantly broken collarbone [Re: lori]
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I'd imagine a good pack that puts the weight squarely on your hips would work just fine. An ultralight/frameless type pack would likely be worse, as they generally split the weight between hips and shoulders.

It would seem that a good pack with a well designed hip belt, and the shoulder strap on the offending shoulder left a bit looser, could be made to work just fine. My suggestion would be to get to a local gear shop, and try on different packs loaded with either your gear, or the weight packs they generally have available. If there's an REI near you, they might be worth checking out, because of their very open return policy. If you find out after a few miles on the trail that it's just not going to work for you, you can always take the thing back.
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#134252 - 05/25/10 10:18 PM Re: Backpacking with a permaneantly broken collarbone [Re: ]
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If no pain = no surgery under normal conditions, might it be that backpacking is not considered "normal"? That is, if your doctor knows how much hiking means to you, might the whole risk/reward equation change in favor of the surgery?

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#134255 - 05/26/10 02:37 AM Re: Backpacking with a permaneantly broken collarb [Re: Glenn]
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That's what I was wondering! Curtis have another chat with your physician! I know that when I tore up most of the ligaments in my knee, my orthopedic surgeon was well aware that my life (outside of work) was hiking and backpacking, and he prescribed exercises, etc. accordingly--knowing that I was motivated to get back to the trail as soon as possible. If the unconnected collarbone is significantly cramping your life style, then it should be bolted together! I've had other medical conditions (vision problems) in which the physician's aim was to restore me to my former lifestyle. (Of course it just happened that one of my job duties was to calculate his year-end bonus, and I was at the stage where I couldn't tell 3 from 6 from 8 from 9 on my computer screen!) Maybe it's time to change doctors?

In the meantime, try on a pack that has load lifters which transfer practically all the weight to the hip belt. It may be that you can raise the load lifter high enough on the broken collarbone side so the shoulder strap carries no weight at all. It would be worth a try! Another possibility, if you can go really light, is to use only a fanny pack.


Edited by OregonMouse (05/26/10 02:38 AM)
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#134258 - 05/26/10 08:30 AM Re: Backpacking with a permaneantly broken collarb [Re: ]
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if you're willing to go basic(really basic) there is a good waist pack from maxpedition called sabercat, it has more than 1000cu in of space plus you can add on pouches, no its not the lightest but its good. i use it for my weekend trips

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#134261 - 05/26/10 10:20 AM Re: Backpacking with a permaneantly broken collarb [Re: chndlr04]
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How Heavy a pack causes you problems? it is not that difficult (or expensive) to get down to the 18 to 22 pound range for weekenders. Many people go a lot lighter than that. - So is it
that you need a way of packing that takes everything off the top of you, or you just need to lighten up?

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#134702 - 06/04/10 12:59 PM Re: Backpacking with a permaneantly broken collarbone [Re: ]
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Grandma Gatewood hiked with a duffel bag slung over one shoulder. Maybe you could do the same with a light pack using only one shoulder strap?


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#134705 - 06/04/10 01:23 PM Re: Backpacking with a permaneantly broken collarbone [Re: ohiohiker]
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Which sparks another random thought: Civil War soldiers used a blanket roll: all the little stuff lays in the center of the blanket; the blanket lays on top of the shelter half (sleeping bag or quilt on top of tent and fly, in this case.) Everything then rolls into a long sausage, tied at each end (webbing strap?), then slung over your good shoulder and tied together (another strap) around waist-high on the opposite side. A water bottle could be secured to your belt, using any of the water bottle pouches available, or a waist pack with such a pouch, which might make even more sense.

Radical, possibly impractical except with very light loads, but since we're brainstorming here, I thought I'd add my cent and half.

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#134709 - 06/04/10 02:23 PM Re: Backpacking with a permaneantly broken collarbone [Re: Glenn]
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A year or two ago, I saw a DIY similar to the blanket roll over the shoulder that someone did at BPL. They said that after trying it out, they didn't like it.
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#134712 - 06/04/10 03:04 PM Re: Backpacking with a permaneantly broken collarbone [Re: finallyME]
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That's the problem with free advice: it's usually worth every penny! smile

Like I said, it was one of those random Friday afternoon thoughts.

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#134714 - 06/04/10 03:36 PM Re: Backpacking with a permaneantly broken collarbone [Re: Glenn]
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Glenn I think your idea is good. I was just mentioning that someone had tried it out, so if the OP wished, he could see what someone else has done and not have to start from scratch. The person who tried it might not have liked it because he felt two shoulders with his pack felt better. But, if you only have one shoulder......
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#134726 - 06/04/10 09:45 PM Re: Backpacking with a permaneantly broken collarbone [Re: finallyME]
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Actually, I erased the first sentence and almost quite - my initial thought was that if it was a good idea, the Army would still be using it. (Given its record with integration and "don't ask, don't tell, the military is typically not an early adopter of things.)

I didn't really think of the idea that, if it's the only thing that works, it would be comfortable.

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