How to load a backpack so you don’t lose stuff along the trail

This is an installment of Cautionary Tales, an ongoing series about lessons learned the hard way in the Alaska outdoors.

As I hiked through the brush, I extended my left hand behind me to make sure my bivouac sack was still strapped to the side of my pack.

Nothing.

I kept walking. I thought it was on my left side. Maybe I'd forgotten, and it was strapped to the right side instead.

Nope.

That was when I stopped, unbuckled my backpack and heaved it on the ground. Maybe I moved it...

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