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Re: Any tips on how to clean a backpack?

Scrubbing it with mild detergent/Nikwax Techwash in the bath or shower sounds like a good option. Spraying it down first with something like this might help with the smell:
http://www.dr-beckmann.ch/de/haushal...iene-reiniger/
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Where I go: where the weather is good, where I find a room and where it looks nice. I really enjoy the more remote areas of GR and UR though.



What's my objective: Bear in mind, I'm an old finance girl, I like to quantify everything (and I write it down in small notebooks). It started as a wager with myself, after years of not being very sporty. I wanted to see if I could hike 100 km/month between May and October. Started off with a hike around Thunersee in May. Right now I'm rather ahead of schedule, at 540 km since May. I used to avoid hikes with too much elevation; Friday I topped 1450 m in vertical elevation so I guess I don't really mind anymore, even with 3 days of luggage on my back. Longest hike so far this year was 26 km with 2 mountain passes, but I've done over 30 km last year down in the valley.



Qualitatively, my objective is just to see the country, enjoy the fresh air and relax in my own masochistic way. It has to hurt a little you see, so the hikes tend to get more and more difficult/longer.



How many hours: as much as I realistically can with a husband who's away a lot and a 7-year old. Mostly on weekends while the guys do their own thing (or follow, once in a while). Junior was away part of the summer so I could run off during weekdays as well, but we're gone or busy most weekends in September so I'll have to make do with day-trips during the week.


Very impressive indeed! I did the creux du van last weekend and felt very proud of myself but it fades in comparison! Well done.

No fears of doing it solo? Also when you go for more than a day trip, do you tend to camp or sleep in places? What places?

Ps sorry for the many questions but you stirred an adventure I had been putting off for a long time.


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Very impressive indeed! I did the creux du van last weekend and felt very proud of myself but it fades in comparison! Well done.

No fears of doing it solo? Also when you go for more than a day trip, do you tend to camp or sleep in places? What places?

Ps sorry for the many questions but you stirred an adventure I had been putting off for a long time.


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Hi!

I'm usually not afraid, and I try to plan for all eventualities. My pack is somewhat fuller than for people hiking in group, since I carry stuff to get me through most eventualities; I'm aware that I could be a twisted ankle from having to sleeping outside. I'm also good at reading maps and I have a GPS watch. I've only been concerned about not being able to manage the hike on 3 occasions, only had to look at the tough stretch calmly, think it through amd get it done. Funny thing is that I used to be afraid of heights and I'm now considering climbing...

I usually sleep in small guesthouses, anything below 100 CHF will do. The rooms are always clean and comfortabke enough. I've recently started staying in SAC huts. It's good fun, but forget about sleep quality if you're a light sleeper. I haven't tried camping, mostly because I'm too lazy to carry the extra gear. Besides, you're not really allowed to pitch your tent anywhere you want here, are you?

I went to le Creu du Van early this summer, it's such a beaautiful place! I divide my hikes in 3 groups: some are hikes more for the pleasure of admiring the scenery, some are more for the physical challenge of it (but the scenery is always beautiful anyway), and some are for the sake of doing the kms (usually when the weather isn't with or I have no time to go far). Wondering if I can make it to 1000 km by the end of the year, but very unsure as I'll be away a lot in September October.

I had never hiked before 2014, I'm overweight (although a lot less so than last year) and I wasn't exactly an athlete when I started off; if I can do it, pretty much anyone with working legs can do it.
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Re: Any tips on how to clean a backpack?

Fascinating reading, although I admit to finding Trollmar's hiking schedule a bit more engaging than the cleaning discussion.

Trollmar, how do you go about selecting each hike? I love to hike as well, but sometimes there are just too many to choose from and the planning itself seems to take more time than the doing! There are just so many wonderful places in die Schweiz, and so many excellent information sources. Have you found a method that works for selecting your three different hiking types?

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What's the brand and model of said backpack? I ask as 95% have removable frames.
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And most importantly, which GPS watch is it?
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What's the brand and model of said backpack? I ask as 95% have removable frames.
It's an Osprey Kestrel 48. You caught my curiosity here, I dived in the pack to check if it could be "dismantled". Me being the queen of IKEA and LEGO, can't be that bad, if it can be done, right?

Well, the frame is made of plastic and padding and is basically sewn in the pack, no luck there. BUT, I discovered a clever velcro panel in the pocket where the Camelback is going, and voilà! I can remove the shoulder straps!

Guess what is going in the washing machine today?

Happy I don't have to give my pack a bath. I mean I love it, but what's next,a massage?
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And most importantly, which GPS watch is it?
Sunnto Traverse. Like the Garmin watches, but they are way to big for me. The Traverse is the very biggest I can wear, and I'm not exactly small.

Love it. It doesn't send though, so if something happens to me and I can't make the call, I still won't be found. Told Trollefar that if he really wants to find me, he'll have to buy me a GPS sender. Apparently I'm not worth the expense.
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Fascinating reading, although I admit to finding Trollmar's hiking schedule a bit more engaging than the cleaning discussion.

Trollmar, how do you go about selecting each hike? I love to hike as well, but sometimes there are just too many to choose from and the planning itself seems to take more time than the doing! There are just so many wonderful places in die Schweiz, and so many excellent information sources. Have you found a method that works for selecting your three different hiking types?

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It's "my" thread, let's derail it real proper.

When I started hiking, I used mostly Wonderland.ch to pick up my hikes. Since I'm interested in history, I chose mostly cultural/historical routes and I liked the idea of long term goals. So I started the Jakobsweg Graubünden and the Via Suvorow, the first legs aren't too difficult.

This year the summer started off a bit strange, so I basically went with the weather forecast and where I could find accommodation and picked something out of Wonderland.ch more or less randomly. It adds a surprise element, I get to know areas I've never been to.

Now I mostly stare at a map an try to figure out how the path will look like and if I can make it to the end. A bit more random, a bit riskier, but fun. Friday, I knew I had 3 steep climbs, but I had no idea the second one would be entirely on boulder and that the third would involve having to pull myself up huge slabs of rocks using my hands. Was exhausted by the time I got to the hut after 8 hours of walking.

I still use Wonderland though, and I subscribe to Randonner.ch (also available in German), with the added bonus that I get 10% off at Transa.

Wandersite is also a good site. Mostly I just google the area I'm thinking of going to see if someone has done something similar and written about it, though.

If I go on the weekend, I make planning my Wednesday evening activity. However, when the forecast is very volatile, I've been know to decide where I go in the morning and book my hotel from the train (I do that when I go skiing to). I always pack the same anyway.
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I usually sleep in small guesthouses, anything below 100 CHF will do. The rooms are always clean and comfortabke enough. I've recently started staying in SAC huts. It's good fun, but forget about sleep quality if you're a light sleeper.
Check out naturfreunde.ch
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What you get beyond shower and a dry and warm bed varies considerably, in particular only some let you use the kitchen. Most houses are off-path, some literally in the woods. Prices are low, even lower for club members. Donations (they're non-profit) are always welcome.
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Fair enough I've reached my monthly hiking goal so far this summer, and even doubled it for August, but now my backpack's shoulder straps stink like a 16-year old's ice hockey gear. Can't remove them to throw them in the washer. Can't put the whole pack in the washer either.

Googled the issue and found different methods, from vinegar (but then you get the vinegar stench instead) to baking soda rubbed in with a toothbrush (time consuming).

Tried the most original one, which was to soak the straps in vodka. Only works so-so. Or maybe the advice was to drink enough vodka to stop caring about the smell?

Any one of you good people having encountered this issue before and found a solution?

I like hiking alone, but I'd prefer it to be because I want to, not before people are scared away by the stench...
Thought of your post above when I saw this in Migros today......with the unfortunate brand name, your straps might end up even wiffier !!
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Thought of your post above when I saw this in Migros today......with the unfortunate brand name, your straps might end up even wiffier !!
Excellent!

Have washed the straps with, hang in there: regular washing liquid + the Migros stain removing powder + the Migros antibacterial rinse thingy for sport stuff. Then had it rinsed twice so I don't get rashes from the stuff.

Straps smell almost too good now, making me feel like an amateur hiker on her first walk. No more rugged "I've been places" feeling..
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Congratulations, Trollemor! (and sincere apologies for having spelled your screenname incorrectly earlier). Two great tips in one day. Thank you!

May your rejuvenated straps bring renewed vigor to your every step.
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Re: Any tips on how to clean a backpack?

Trollemor, you offer good insight and tips. Would love to read blogs of your individual hikes if you ever decide to write about them. Also, if you ever organise a hiking event here on EF to part with some of your knowledge directly with newbies.


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Trollemor, you offer good insight and tips. Would love to read blogs of your individual hikes if you ever decide to write about them. Also, if you ever organise a hiking event here on EF to part with some of your knowledge directly with newbies.


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That was nice to say. But you know, I still consider myself a newbie with respect to hiking.

Would never dare organise a hike. Drinks on the other hand, I'm up for!

And I've been juggling with the idea of a blog. Wanted to call it The Fat Walker, but seeing that I'm less and less fat (intensive hiking and weight lifting apparently does that), I might have to find a new name by the time I've figure out the technicalities of blogging.
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Would never dare organise a hike. Drinks on the other hand, I'm up for! .


If you're in Zurich and up for it, drinks on me and I shower you with questions and you impart your knowledge:-)

How about calling your blog "Walking fat to thin" or "overweight walks to perfect weight" or "when fat climbed the hill" or forget everything about fat and just say "a backpack and two legs"


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Re: Any tips on how to clean a backpack?

Hopefully not replied already -- try the "gentle" wash in the washing machine and dry outside?

My "Dakine" survived quite a few of those..

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If you're in Zurich and up for it, drinks on me and I shower you with questions and you impart your knowledge:-)

How about calling your blog "Walking fat to thin" or "overweight walks to perfect weight" or "when fat climbed the hill" or forget everything about fat and just say "a backpack and two legs"


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I'm in Zürich and up for it.

Can even pay for my drinks.

I like "a backpack and two legs". Since the whole point of hiking was to hike (and weight loss was "only" a welcome side effect), I'll avoid the perception that it's a weight loss blogg. Given how much I eat nowadays (she says, sipping on a protein shake following her taekwondo class), it would be absolute false representation.
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Fair enough I've reached my monthly hiking goal so far this summer, and even doubled it for August, but now my backpack's shoulder straps stink like a 16-year old's ice hockey gear. Can't remove them to throw them in the washer. Can't put the whole pack in the washer either.
Try Mirazyme. It is designed for taking smells out of tents, wet suits etc. It was recommended to me by a professional diver. The instructions suggest soaking the apparel in then solution then drying. But you can spray it on using a plant mister. I've used it like this for a couple of years on trainers, a misting after each use, and it works well.

You can get sachets (its super concentrated) in CH as follows

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