Wow Caleb! I thought I was one of the only people out there that beat their equipment like that. Glad to know there are others who put their equipment through the tests of the real world.
I cant say enuff about the Tamrac Model N-11 Backpack camera straps for keeping the weight of the camera off of your hands and distributing it on to your shoulders while Hiking, riding motorcycles or mountain bikes. My wife had me buy her a pair after she carried the camera one afternoon on a long hike so she could carry her binoculars like that.
The last time we were getting in the water in our kayaks and the guide looked at me with a raised eyebrow asking "Are you seriously going to carry that big camera between your legs with just a ziplock bag around it?" I laughed saying "It only takes getting used to the split second avaliability of the responce time on one of these babies before you never leave home without it." Even though I have two point & shoots with underwater housings, I cant stand the lag time between hitting the shutter release and counting to five before it takes a picture.
So the Large frame 1D and my trusty 28-300 USM IS always goes with me on every drive or hike.
I figure use it to its full potential, isnt that why we spend so much money on this modern technology?