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Powder

Trad climber
Bay Area; the Flower Box
Feb 26, 2013 - 01:44am PT
Pack(s)... oh boy... Numerous photography bags/packs (losing count on how many... :X ), but we're talking about pack(s) for cragging/peaks bagging/backpacking/hiking... so here they are:

For cragging,this is my favorite

Credit: VL
ArcTeryx Miura 50; the one I have is actually 45L for it's short/xs, just like every other thing I own...

Super comfortable!!!!! And I like the color. =) (Although the gear loop is sort of useless - had to customize it to make it better; also the hydration pocket is a joke. No biggie though; I simply don't use it but the Kangaroo pouch. Now, that is awesome. ...always love the Kangaroo pouch on ArcTeryx packs. )


For backpacking, this is it

Credit: Powder

Credit: Powder
ArcTeryx Bora 62.

've had this pack for 10+ years. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! There are many more "modern" or "ultra light" packs nowadays, however, this has been and I know it will always be my favorite. Being small, it wasn't easy for me to find a pack that fit nicely (still isn't easy). This was THE perfect one, and it was/still is extremely comfortable. Surely, it is not light, but I've never felt any discomfort and the "extra" weight of the pack neither had I have any problem carrying the load with it. It ain't light, but so comfortable I barely felt the weight on the trail, so I could just keep going and going and going... The end of the day, I was a happy backpacker; the end of the trip, I still had the biggest smile on my face. (unlike some of the newer and lighter packs I acquired later - lighter, but not exactly comfortable. )


For peaks bagging/longer day hikes/some backpacking trips, this is the bomb

Credit: Powder

Credit: VL
Osprey Ace 48.

This actually is a kid's pack. The torso is adjustable (yet I still need to go to the smaller end...) Ever since I discovered this pack, it has been served as a multipurpose pack: peaks bagging,day hikes, snowshoeing, quick overnighter, 4-day-backpacking trip with a full size bear canister in it, 3-day-winter-camping trip on the snow, with a full size bear canister in it...

Originally, I got this mainly for peaks bagging. Again, it is not ultra light, but I needed the capacity, for I was doing photography and was often carrying more loads than many other people. I needed something that could fit all my photographic gear and yet was still comfortable - most of all, something that would fit me perfectly. Later I found it so comfy I started to use it for other trips. ...was especially amazed when I fit everything I needed for a 4-day-backpacking-trip including shelter WITH a full size bear canister in it (I was always self-efficient, carrying everything on my own.) This has become a good alternative (I had to disassemble my beloved Bora 62 to clean after an extended muddy but super fun backpacking trip in TW years ago and somehow have never put it back... ) Oh yeah, it also came with a pack cover (we all know how much those companies charge for those covers... )


As for multi-pitch climbs, my favorite is Mammut Neon Light. Again, this is like the only one that serves the needs and fits me perfectly at the same time.(REI Flash 18 is cool; personally I like the design of Neon Light a bit better.)



When going ultra-light, without any photographic gear, this is my favorite summit pack (so small, compact, and light that it fits perfectly in a backpack, also serving as a compression sack if needed)

Credit: Powder

Credit: Powder
Dana Design kompressor/now Marmot Marmot Kompressor. Yes, I have both... And yes, these photos were taken on the summit of Mt Dana - how could I not?! >:)





...feel like such a gear-head now. X_x



P.S. For reference, I'm barely 5ft tall, 4'11 to be exact.
Powder

Trad climber
Bay Area; the Flower Box
Feb 26, 2013 - 02:01am PT
It's a Mystery Pack built by the original owner/designer of Dana Design.

Whoa!! Mystery Ranch!!!!!

I've only seen this pack once... It was when I was backpacking in Taiwan....


Anastasia

climber
Home
Feb 27, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
I am so excited for you. I want pictures of your getup and... If you get any from your trip, post up!!!!
Anastasia

climber
Home
Feb 27, 2013 - 03:04pm PT
I'll pull it out and post up. It's in the garage waiting for that BIG trip with my son. We are going to have the most exciting times!!!!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 27, 2013 - 03:14pm PT
Whenever we are in The 2nd Wind in Bozeman I come up the stairs to where all the packs are and think about all the adventures these packs have been on. And I look at all the baby and toddler packs and wonder what those kids are up to now. And the parents who agonized over turning the pack in because they were finished having babies.

This picture is only one spot, there are packs behind me, coming up the steps and around the corner. Maybe you see one of your old packs?

"packorama" in The 2nd Wind used gear store in Bozeman.
"packorama" in The 2nd Wind used gear store in Bozeman.
Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Feb 27, 2013 - 04:46pm PT
"Couchmaster, Cilogear makes amazing packs. How nice to have won one!"

It was even niceer of Cilogear to donate one to support a raffle that climbers considered a worthy cause at an ice comp. I'd bought a shitload of raffle tickets to also support the cause, I never win anything and lord knows I really don't need any more gear, and then layed down and fell right asleep during Waynes pretty good slide show having been out new routing that day. 1 beer and it was nap time, right in the middle of a crowd of 200 climbers. Woke up, handed the tickets to someone nearby and went home to shower and sleep. Slide show still on. Totally and 100% forgot all about it and was later shocked to hear that I'd won a bunch of stuff. Woot!

Anyway, one more reason to support a company like Cilogear, I've seen them donate multiple times to causes. http://www.cilogear.com/
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 1, 2013 - 11:31pm PT
Loading the new pack for tomorrow. A weekend backpack in the Santa Ros...
Loading the new pack for tomorrow. A weekend backpack in the Santa Rosa Mtns. of So Cal. Pack and I are still getting used to each other. Question is ....will this turn out to be a favorite pack. We are trying to work with each other. I like the lines.
Credit: LL LL

Trying to get it lighter and more friendly to both the pack and I.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 1, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
I think most modern packs will do what you need them to.
They're all way better than you might think.
Sometimes, I buy stuff at KMart. Not Camalots though, those things are bunk.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 2, 2013 - 12:10am PT
HI Skully, Hope life is good for yo. I am getting out more and the love of life scale then goes wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy up. Cheers and Smiles, lynnie
CalicoJack

climber
CA
Mar 3, 2013 - 03:56pm PT
BootyMaster!
BootyMaster!
Credit: CalicoJack

I bought my Mountainsmith Auspex back in early 2004 for backpacking. At ~ 4 lbs w/ a capacity of 4000 ci, it's held up to loads in excess of 55lbs, seen me through week long solo hikes, and will swallow up an Indian Creek rack & rope. Yesterday we also discovered that the removable aluminum suspension struts are a critical component of our bootying arsenal. I've beaten the sh#t outta this thing for 9 years & I'd bet that I'll get another decade out of it.

Cheers,

Andy
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 3, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
Just got back. My Gregory Jetstream LTS responded well for the 2nd time. Weighs more than the ULA super lightweight packs, but has way more hip support.

Friend that went this trip took a ULA she recently purchased and loved it. (and she's darn picky.) ULA is the ultra light weight pack of today for both men and women

On both trips I carried from 42 to (this trip) 39 pounds of weight. Next goal to get the weight down so I'll last longer. Tho I am fine now with this, thinking of the future and LONG trips.

Love the back country trips. Looking and finding some new boulder areas. See some high faces, but Warbler has probably checked out everyone in So Cal. Do know one spot that may be an unknown keeper and the reason for all this backpacking. Cheers, lynnie
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 3, 2013 - 07:06pm PT
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sunrise this morning in the SoCal Santa Rosas.
sunrise this morning in the SoCal Santa Rosas.
Credit: LL LL


Not many good boulders on this weekend trip. A few along highway 371 b...
Not many good boulders on this weekend trip. A few along highway 371 but not enough to consider it a destination.
Credit: LL LL


Pretty weekend in the outback. One thing that needs to be done. Cut ba...
Pretty weekend in the outback. One thing that needs to be done. Cut back on weight of my pack. First trip, 42# this trip 39# but I cut out stuff to bring a tent.
Credit: LL LL

If I really want to explore need to get the weight into the mid to high 20's.












Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 3, 2013 - 07:29pm PT
And I need to bring a day pack to explore after set up camp. Any suggestions for a nice light weight day pack? I have a couple but one is not going to hold up. The other take up too much space in the backpack. Ciao and enjoy the land. lynne
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Mar 3, 2013 - 09:12pm PT
Lynnie, check out http://www.cilogear.com/ Awesome stuff, made in America. My daypack (I actually have 2 of theirs now) wads up to something smaller and lighter than grandmas panties, but is super comfortable.
bajaandy

climber
Escondido, CA
Mar 3, 2013 - 10:43pm PT
Hey Lynnie, how were the Santa Rosa's? Remind me to tell you the story about getting my truck snowed in up there one time when I hiked from Toro peak to the desert floor. Hope ya had fun!!
whitemeat

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Mar 3, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
the black diamond hollow point is also one of my favorite "where when climbing" packs !!

Credit: whitemeat
mareko

Trad climber
San Francisco
Mar 4, 2013 - 10:58am PT
Arc-teryx Miura 30 The best bag I've ever owned.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Mar 5, 2013 - 06:44pm PT
Does anyone here have any feedback on the Mountain Tools Desperado Crag & Haul Pack? It looks like a nice simple, durable and haulable design...
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2013 - 02:25am PT
Getting ready for San Jacinto Peak this weekend.
Getting ready for San Jacinto Peak this weekend.
Credit: LL LL


So the new pack is going to be doing the big stuff this weekend. Snowshoes attached for first time and pack is feeling happy. May have some snow up there Wednesday or Thursday. That would make for an awesome trip.

Where are your packs going?????
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 20, 2013 - 02:39am PT
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