Here, have some data

Telecanter got me wondering how much is reasonable for an adventurer to carry.   I vaguely recall seeing 70-75 pounds mentioned as the typical load carried by soldiers from about Roman times (“Marius’ mules”) to WWI or WWII.  Happily a little Googlin’ and no need to search out Keegan’s Face of Battle or wherever I saw the reference.  There’s a good article here.  Bottom line, less than fifty pounds is ideal for combat (and fleeing, I suppose) while seventy-0ne pounds should be regarded as maximum load for marching, as nay more would reduce mobility.

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  1. Wow, thanks so much! I tried googling from a backpacking perspective but only came up with tips for going super minimalist into the wild.

  2. Hey Mike! Hope everything’s going well. If I may add, on Global security there’s a main page dealing with this issue @

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/report/call/call_1-88_chpt4.htm

    Amazingly there were brittish commandos during the Fauklands campaign that had to carry 120-145 lbs of equipment each, over 80 miles in 3 days. Pretty impressive, but hardly typical.

    Anyway, glad to see your blog! Take care!

    Matt


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