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PACKS

GUIDE PICK _ 2012

BLACK DIAMOND MISSION 75 $239.95 An expedition-sized gear hauler built for long approaches and multi-day snow routes like Denali's West Buttress.

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3 lb 14 oz

FIRST ASCENT ALCHEMIST 30/40L $139.00/$199.00 An expandable alpine pack for big objectives, the Alchemist 40L (patent pending) expands easily to 55-liters when hauling heavy loads or cleaning camps after a summit push.

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4 lbs

MOUNTAIN HARWEAR SOUTH COL 70 $270.00

MOUNTAIN HARWEAR BMG 105 $350.00

Roomy, light and versatile, this is a one-pack solution for mountaineering expeditions on big peaks around the world.

This remarkably light expedition load hauler comfortably handles the heavy loads carried on peaks like Denali and Aconcagua.

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3 lb 12 oz

5 lb 3 oz

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OSPREY AETHER 85 $299.00

OSPREY ARIEL 75 $289.00

This large and versatile pack has been utilized for everything from thru-hikes of the PCT to getting to the summit of Everest.

This large and versatile pack has been utilized for everything from thru-hikes of the PCT to getting to the summit of Everest.

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MOUNTAIN LOGIC™ Simplicity and Versatility A pack is meant to carry gear, not be the next international space station. Get a well designed but simple pack that covers the basics: main compartment, ice axe loops and lid. You might think you like extra features, but consider ease of use when you are cold, high up and tired. Keep it sweet and simple. Features and Fit When you’re carrying a 45-lb. load several miles to Camp Muir for a Rainier summit, you want to know that you’re maximizing comfort with the right pack fit. The truth is, packs are like shoes: Everyone is going to have different fit preferences. It is important to try as many packs as you can in a store like ours. Frame-types and adjustment points vary and affect weight distribution, so start by trying a pack that fits your torso correctly and then compare from there.

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4 lb 15 oz

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4 lb 15 oz

Versatility Look for a pack that can handle being packed to the brim but can also ride well empty. Look for designs that compress easily for the final stretches on summit day. There is no need for extra bells and whistles. There’s no need for an additional summit pack for a Rainier climb and many other multi-day climbs. Drop the unneeded weight at camp before your summit approach.

“You want a pack that you can grow to love and get very efficient at using.” - Melissa Arnot

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