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.