Originally Posted by peterholcombe
Can you describe this setup or show a picture with the 12' straps?
Sorry for the delay. Hopefully these two pics are self-explanatory. You can see that it's pretty easy to tighten, with the position of the strap. Bobbuilds gets all the credit for showing me this. He's very inventive. I think I have seen pics of this sort of makeshift pack in the New Testament, but you couldn't tell from the pic how it's done.
I add a center-strap (3') to help close in the straps, so it doesn't ride down your shoulders, if you have a narrow frame like me. I used this set up for my prijon pure (an extra-heavy creek-boat), packed with gear and hucking it out of Waterton, more than a few times. With a boat that heavy and even with the life-jacket for padding, it creates some pressure on your chest, but I prefer that over the shouldering still.
Maybe it's a forgotten artform, but I'm pretty sure a lot of people do this, and can chime in if they so choose. If it needs more explanation, lemme know!
(The ball of fur took it upon herself to model in this photoshoot.)