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Zone Method Of Packing A Backpack Backpack divided into Zones The Zone Method of packing a backpack can make the difference between drudgery and enjoyment during the time spent on the trail. A few simple principles which are often overlooked can make a difference. Technically speaking the body has a center of gravity located directly over the ankles. When standing normally there is very little forward of the body. However, when a pack is placed on the back, the body leans forward to bring the pack's center of gravity directly over the ankles. Consequently, it is advantageous to keep the pack's center of gravity as close to your back as possible to prevent unnecessary forward lean. As a result the following method is recommended to load a backpack. ZONE A: This area is the closest to the back and should carry equipment of the greatest density like stoves, tent hardware, water, etc ZONE B: This middle area should be packed with medium density objects. ZONE C: The area farthest away from the body's center of gravity should be filled with the lightest equipment.
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