Backpack for trad days/country climbs

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ochre
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Backpack for trad days/country climbs

Postby ochre » Mon Feb 19, 2007 1:30 pm

I'm in the market for a new pack that is suitable for long days out - I'm a woman so a pack with less gap between the shoulder straps would work for me - anyone have any suggestions ?

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Postby scottnoy » Mon Feb 19, 2007 1:40 pm

Trads Days and Back Country Routes can require very different packs, i.e. for trad days you don't normally climb with your pack so it can be larger (35-45) but Back Country Routes may require you to do so (e.g. Exposure - cause you don't return to the start) so a smaller one is useful.

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Re:

Postby ochre » Mon Feb 19, 2007 1:50 pm

Thanks - I'm thinking about back country routes in that case that do require you to climb with a pack which can't be too small because of the often long walk in with gear.

scottnoy wrote:Trads Days and Back Country Routes can require very different packs, i.e. for trad days you don't normally climb with your pack so it can be larger (35-45) but Back Country Routes may require you to do so (e.g. Exposure - cause you don't return to the start) so a smaller one is useful.

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Postby scottnoy » Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:12 pm

Trust me, smaller is better! It might make the walk-in and out a little uncomfortable but the second (with the pack) will be very thankful!
Few ideas for the more experience climber:
- wear your harness, slings, ect on the walks
- 1. take a small bag with the gear and 2. a ropebag containing both ropes (which is put into the bag while climbing - leader free)
- light = fast (the less you take - the faster you'll climb - needing less)
- the bigger the bag the more you'll end up taking - very true!
You get the picture...

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Postby ochre » Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:45 pm

Thanks Scott - I hear you :-) I guess the 75 litre + 10 that I was considering is not ideal then

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Postby Alex » Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:00 am

I climb with a small inexpensive back from Cape Union Mart, called a \"Hydro Persuit 12\". I carry my approach shoes, water/energy drink, wind jacket, a thin polarfleece top (if cold conditions) and a couple of energy bars. Works well for me and it is so light that I hardly know that it is there. I carry it inside my 45 litre approach pack to get to the crag, but as also suggested, if you wear your harness etc, you would not even need a big pack to get to the crag.

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