By Soren Christian July 20, 2020
Søren Christian is an avid backpacker and KLOS customer. He has impressively traveled the PCT, which spans 2,650 miles and takes months to hike with his KLOS Carbon Fiber Travel Guitar. This article was originally published during his trek and was updated in July 2020. If you want to read more KLOS outdoor content check out What is the Best Guitar for Backpacking? and The Perfect Travel Guitar for Vanlife?.
Since a young age, my two biggest hobbies have been mountain-based recreation (hiking, skiing, running) and playing music, largely but not exclusively on the guitar. Thru-hiking the PCT this year had been on my mind for several years, and more than desert heat, snowy passes, raging rivers, and mountain lion maulings, I was mostly nervous about spending five months without access to a musical instrument.
After about thirty minutes of experimentation, I arrived at my second best configuration, with the body of my guitar shoved underneath the "brain" of my pack (the large and often detachable pouch that most packs have on top). This was pretty secure but meant that the neck was sticking out and down at a 45° angle, like a musical tail. My packing committee (my mother, sister, and a couple of friends) deemed that the tail could be a safety hazard, and would certainly be the source of endless mockery from the other hikers. So that idea was nixed.
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