Once again, Cliff Jacobson touts the value of using a tump when portaging packs. This is in his recent article about canoeing after turning 77.
Cliff might not realize it, but some people have arthritis, and not just oldsters like me, though I’m only a mere 68. I got Lyme disease when I was 56 and have had neck problems ever since. My cervical vertebrae are misaligned, demineralized and at risk of fracture. Walking causes a slight shock to those bones, which normal people can’t feel, but that gives me a headache. If I used a tump I could displace, compress and even shatter one or more vertebrae. The resulting spinal cord damage could end my tripping career and render me paralyzed or dead.
So no thanks, Cliff. You use the tump, I’ll carry a small pack on my chest for balance. And I’ll protect what’s left of my neck.