Ive been playing around with different setups for my SAR pack
for a while. Whenever I stray away from HPG I quickly return because for my
body type I haven’t found a suspension system that fits me better than the HPG
belt and shoulder system.
For a short time went away from using the UTE as my main pack because
I wanted a few more outer pockets for organization. Well the simple fix for
this need was attaching the tara pocket with a tara insert and with attached
organization pouches. Problem solved. Small items that I need quick access to
such headlamp, GPS, notebook as well as my wallet/keys/phone go in the tara
insert. The prairie belt has plenty of room for a GI water bottle and 16 oz
water bottle pocket on one side (the 16oz pocket I use to hold bear spray) and
a organization pouch with rehydration electrolyte packs, and a few other
essentials on the other. The main pouch easily swallows up everything else.
The beauty of the tara pocket used as a compression panel is
that it can be used to carry odd shaped mission dependent items such as a small
chain saw, folded litter, ropes, extra med pack….. the options are limitless.
If you notice in the pic I went with electrical tape on all the
j hooks that I don’t want to come off. This is working extremely well.
Last night we did some rope work. I wanted to try a different
carry method besides putting the ropes between the tara pocket and the ute so I
stacked two rope bags (660 feet of rope) on the top of the ute and strapped
them down. I mainly wanted to try to get the extra weight over my center of
gravity. It was only about a 1.5 mile approach to the rock face but the rope
bags didn’t shift one bit. The pack is a little tippy when set up like that but
worked and carried just fine.
Anyway lots of typing just to say the HPG designs are truly
diverse and can be used in lots of different ways, it just takes a little imagination
and trial and error.
I just snapped one pic of the rope set up before we started