Hill People Gear Kit Bags are excellent for carrying a handgun in the wilderness.
HPG | Kit Bags in detail
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When I hike/backpack I carry a 1911 owb. I don't like to store it in the pack because I like to be able to get to it quickly should a situation arise. Where I hike, I rarely see anyone, so I usually open carry, but if I do see someone my untucked shirt easily conceals it.
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A dedicated fanny pack, one designed for a gun, has turned out to be the best option for me. I've tried a safe packer, shoulder holsters etc. I run the hip belt under it when I use a hip belt. Comfortable, accessible, and the gun is with you even when the pack isn't. Works fine for duty sized guns or smaller.
I use a 511 moab 10. Look it up on youtube. It's perfect size, rugged has lots of compartments, etc. It's also my daddy bag. we even used it for a little getaway weekend before the baby was born everything we needed fit in it. I forgot to mention it has a concealed pocket for a handgun
Pistol Wear is the only holster made to carry your firearm while exercising.
Sometimes, I wear them while dressed casually just cause...
I carry my pistol in a Blackhawk SpecOps Universal Holster. It sit on the chest and leaves my waist open to hold my backpack's waiststrap. It is also my jogging holster.
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I always carry a G27while camping, hiking or biking. My 2 rigs are a small fanny pack that doesn't look like a gun pack and an old walkman type chest pouch that looks old school, (like me).
My suggestion, whatever you choose, is that it should not be attached to your backpack. You take your backpack off you are disarming yourself. I prefer the concealed chest pack, or chest holster, but a good specialty fanny pack could work if it doesn't interfere with the waist belt of your backpack.
If you want to go all out, and don't mind carrying openly, then Guides Choice Chest Holsters are fabulous. I have worn a buddy of mines while hunting and it was very versatile and comfortable.
Guides Choice Chest Holster, Original Alaskan Holster
A cheaper version that I have read good reviews of by people I trust is Survival Sheath Systems Chest Holsters.
SURVIVAL SHEATH SYSTEMS : Kydex Shoulder and Chest Holsters
Chest rig is totally the way to go. Did it while I was in Alaska backpacking/hunting.
that guides choice is nice. good find tmoore. i might have to jump on one of those in the future.
Up in AK there's a lot to worry about. On multi-day hikes deep in the middle of nowhere I always carry a 12 gauge slung over my back rested along the right side of the pack. Hardly notice its there after a while. Shorter day hikes in more well known areas I trust the .357 owb. Won't be ideal for the larger bears but I feel I shoot it better than a .44 and like a lot of people are true in saying, you're more likely to be attacked by something on 2 legs than 4. Interestingly enough, I've had countless close bear encounters and have never aimed the weapon. Your awareness is more powerful than anything you can carry in a holster.
Check this Jogger Holster by ActivePro Gear: Model 23 Jogger Concealment Gun Holster. I think this would work for you perfectly!
"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That's ridiculous... If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be paranoid for?" [Clint Smith - Thunder Ranch]