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Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2013 - 11:04pm PT
hobo dan, zipper fixer places abound. There is a fantastic one next to Nomad Ventures in Joshua Tree....your shipping would probably cost more than they would charge to fix your pack.

Loved your story. Packs are so special. No matter how they're built they manage to bring us along unknown paths and over landscape we've never dreamed of, enriching our soul, our mind, our bodies.

I am packing my new one for a Mountain Backpack next week-end. We (the pack and I) are talking about the essentials of what lynnie needs to bring. The pack has more wisdom than I at this point. Smiles and Peace tonight. LL
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Feb 23, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
Very nice idea for a thread - who doesn't love to talk about gear.
I have had many faithful packs over the years. Some eventually fell apart from sweat salt and smelt awful despite repeated washing.
My current fave is this Lowe Alpine Hyperlite Mountain Attack 45 - a very simple no-frills top loader with gear loops on the waist belt.
On mountaineering/glacier trips I found my pack waist belt would sit on top of my harness making it hard to access ice screws, pickets, etc. on the harness gear loops. It is much easier to access gear hung off the pack's waist belt, and I am still safely tied into the climbing harness.

It carries heavy stuff really well - in this photo it contains a 62# bag of cement.
Death Race 2012
Death Race 2012
Credit: The Lisa
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Feb 23, 2013 - 11:22pm PT
After the 2010 Death Race the pack stank of onions for a while - we had to carry 10# of onions as part of the mandatory gear, and repeated river crossings made for an oniony slush in there. I left it in the yard for a week and the smell mostly dissipated.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
Lisa, you look like you enjoy life. Hope to meet you someday. Ciao, lynnie
Anastasia

climber
Home
Feb 23, 2013 - 11:40pm PT
It's a Mystery Pack built by the original owner/designer of Dana Design. The pack is strong, distributes weight well which means it feels good to carry, it is highly organized and it can go. The price is higher, but since it's built in Montana and is the last pack I plan to buy... It works for me.

I love it.

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2013 - 11:48pm PT
Ana, after all you've schooled me on in the outdoor arena I am a believer in your pack. But doubt it will be your last one young un'. It may be your kiddos pack ultimately and then Mama gets the new "Porche" Pack.

Miss you and the Dr. Big time. It was so great to see you and the babe at TPR this past summer. If you come up again let me know and I'll get time off.

Love to you and your beautiful family, lynne.
Anastasia

climber
Home
Feb 24, 2013 - 12:08am PT
Hopefully I can come again, with a helper so I won't be so wasted.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 24, 2013 - 12:24am PT
Ana, we can work it out if we have time for planning. Hugs and good night beautiful mother and kind friend. Peace, lynne.

hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
Feb 24, 2013 - 10:22am PT
Top loaders are the best.

I got curious and I checked the $ of old Orange--It was A LOT more--like $200 more than it was 35 years ago. Unbelievable.

A sad story--My buddy is going through a divorce, wife has left, house has been sold, no time to unload and do everything, no time at all. He just takes his Kletterwork Bomb Pack and throws it away in the trash because there was no space left on his plate to deal with it. I still can't fathom being so blown that you don't have the bandwidth to tuck it in the back seat--and this guy is the best. Just another slice of the human condition.

I am trying to find my Blue Wilderness Experience "Book Bag". Total simple pack but it was great- and now it's lost in the ether

Have a great trip Lynn-that new pack is going to be fun to load, and it's fun deciding what to and what not to. My advice: bring too much booze and food
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 24, 2013 - 11:42am PT
Hobo, I am so, so sorry about your friend. Death and divorce both produce enormous amounts of grief. I will pray for your friend. It took me a few years (read 5) before I got kinda OK with Dan's death.

Thanks for the advice. On last week's desert backpack I brought 4.5 lbs of food (way too much). Found that half that will be sufficient for the upcoming mountain camp, thus freeing up space for........a nip of brandy before I say my prayers and go nighty night. :DD
Anastasia

climber
Home
Feb 24, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Lynne,
Oh dear sweet pea... Just plan for each meal, plan what you will eat and then pack just that and stick to the plan. You will not be supplying options or for other folks, only what you need. Don't ever pack one once more since you need to "carry it." Plus the more you carry, the worse your trip will be. Less really is MORE.
AFS
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 24, 2013 - 01:02pm PT
Love you Pepper! You are still schooling me and I Love It!!! And I've come a long way, Baby:D
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 24, 2013 - 01:18pm PT
Found this in my friends barn last week, pre Trapper Nelson? WW2? would hold a nice Pony Keg?

Credit: guido
Credit: guido
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Feb 24, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
Lynne, I would love to meet you in person. Until then I am glad to read your posts here on the Taco :)
Captain...or Skully

climber
Feb 24, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
The Lisa is one of my heroes. That gal is badass.
Hi, Lynne(yep, you're in that Pantheon, too), anyway, my favorite pack is whatever pack I get that will do what I need it to for as long as I need it to. Right now, I'm "testing" an REI Crestrail 70. So far so good. I just retired my old Jansport model unknown(about the same size as the REI pack)and frankly that thing was amazingly tough. I abused it for 13 years.
Cheers, Ladies.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Feb 24, 2013 - 09:58pm PT
You need different catagories:-)

Working at the cliffs or big loads: My Cilogear Big Hauly, an improved version of the Gregory Big Wally which Can't Say posted up thread. I have an original Gregory as well. In fact, I was steered to the beauty of this amazing pack by a thread on Supertopo that HealyJ started.


Same model but a different Hauly couple hundred feet up, it is looking lumpy here we've been hauling up sharp rocks and it's been weathering that abuse fine, but it carries like a dream:

End of season I pulled so much crap out of this cliff, @ 78 lbs, that I could barely stand up, and the thing took it all. 4 full sized ropes (2 were 12mm static lines), bolting crap, etc etc. But still comfortable.


For dayhikes and solo climbing: another Cilogear pack which I won at a raffle. Seen below with Sadie May the Trailer Park Floozie where Roger Smiths ashes were scattered.


Climbing - soloing here with the rope stuffed in it, starting to toss a big double black 1" tubular webbing sling on the top so I can get off this pinnacle. Pretty scary wondering if the entire top would hold my bodyweight or fall off....



In the historical category, fav is the uber rare Forrest Haulpack


Different view:


It doesn't carry as well as the Cilogear Big Hauly, but that's OK, it was way before it's time.




Most perved pack would be my buddies Cilogear 45L superlight. Holy MOG that thing is amazing. Really really want. But I have so many packs that size....maybe 15. Don't need another (cough* cough*). Besides, I drag crap up and down cliffs. The Hauly has seen many thousand's of feet of that, and the superlight Cilogear wouldn't take that abuse. ...still...
David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Feb 24, 2013 - 10:06pm PT
Credit: David Knopp
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/spo/3623691392.html

just saw the above post, thought one of you gear types might want this-me, i already have umm half a dozen packs.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 24, 2013 - 10:06pm PT
Skully, cheers to You too!

Couchmaster, yo right on. Categories......Right now I'm too Newbie to have all the packs in the categories, but working on it. Right now starting to pull stuff together for my mountain backpack in 6 days.

I will do and be better than my last gig two weeks ago thanks to all yo posters.

Cheers this beautiful incredibly full moon evening. lynnie
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Feb 25, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
Yes there is a lovely full moon out there :)

Couchmaster, Cilogear makes amazing packs. How nice to have won one!
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.
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