The Best Alpine Start
You Can Get
Climbing packs, the way we want them.
We have our idea of the perfect alpine pack. We want it to be simple. We want it to be lightweight. We want it to be durable. We know it should climb well yet be big enough to carry all that you need with nothing that you don’t.
years in development
Developed over the course of more than 3 years and refined through more than 35 prototypes. Every aspect of design and functionality has been individually tested and assessed by us, our pro partners and a hand-picked group of professional mountain guides.v
What size of pack you choose is personal.
But whether you want the smallest pack for accessible ice-fall climbing or multi pitch rock, the most versatile for lightweight summer alpine ventures or the largest for winter alpinism and remote multi-day objectives our packs have been optimised to carry all the essentials and carry them well.
That means each and every one of our alpine climbing packs has been designed to accommodate the type of climbing kit that you’d be taking within its main body: ropes, harness, climbing rack, helmet, and spare layers; and dependent on your objective also tailored to accommodate additional layers or overnight bivouac gear. Ice tools can be quickly and efficiently stored outside whilst smaller items needed more readily such as a head-torch or food can be stored in the internal floating pocket which is accessible from both inside and outside the pack.
We quote our pack sizes in litres. Every pack is individually filled with hundreds of tiny non-compressible plastic balls each 20mm in diameter. These are then removed and poured into a large measuring cylinder to calculate the packs total volume. We choose to do this with the cowl top fully closed, the internal roll-top closure securely sealed and not ‘overstuffed’. If you want to leave the cowl or roll-top open and overfill your pack then go ahead but the volumes we quote are their optimally packed main body volume. The alpine environment is far from black and white and technically easy but exposed terrain is no place for an overloaded, unstable pack.
The smallest and lightest of our durable, highly weather-resistant yet lightweight Tupilak series. Ideal for the most minimalist of alpinists and those climbing more accessible routes.
Rewarding the minimalist focussed alpinist with arguably our finest all-round pack. This durable, highly weather-resistant yet lightweight climbing and mountaineering pack is perfect for summer alpine and winter climbing on the steepest lines.
The largest of our Tupilak series, this durable, highly weather-resistant yet lightweight climbing pack is optimised for alpine and winter climbing on the steepest lines and biggest faces.
Constructed with an uncluttered Diabolo profile – an hour glass shape that maximises load stability and packability; every one of our packs is marginally wider at the base and at the top, improving stability and making stuffing in gear easy, even when you’re rushing against the onset of nightfall. It will also stand upright of its own accord. At the same time the main body of the pack is gently tapered at its centre, the pack is more streamlined and mobility is improved.
At the heart of any lightweight, durable, functional and weather resistant pack are its materials. How a pack carries, how a pack copes with abrasion, how it responds to heavy rain or snow and how you are able to interact with it, open it, attach things to it are all directly affected by the materials and components it is made from.
Matt Stygall is an IFMGA mountain guide. He is also a self-confessed gear nut and was one of the handful of people selected by us to field-test our range of alpine climbing packs.
Late last year Pro-Team Athlete, Uisdean Hawthorn established the new line, named Gandiva (1400m E3/5.11 M5) up Arjuna South West Pillar (6100m), in the Indian Kishtwar Himalaya. It took the 3-man British team four and a half days to complete the attempt. Uisdean recalls his story.