Apr 3, 2008 at 10:13 am #1228151
Im just wondering has anyone considered Relay as an alpine climbing pack?
The Relay's shape is reflective of its design intent, a pack used for unencumbered movement. The hourglass shape allows arms and elbows to swing freely while moving and its simple waist belt ensures easy, unencumbered movement for a range of activities (hiking, running, biking). (ULA)
It is made of Dyneema Cross-Rip Gridstop so it is very durable. The shoulder straps are very well padded. It has front Shock Cord &
Ice Axe/Pole Retention Loops. The max volume is 2,100 cu in.
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I have no exprience of alpine climbing but plan to do some in coming years. Here ia s gear list I found:
They require a 1800-2200 pack. Relay seems to be the perfect alpine climbing pack to me.
Any thoughts?Apr 3, 2008 at 12:06 pm #1426924
Huzefa – see my post on the favorite day pack thread. I do alpine scrambling (non-technical climbing) with it all the time. I haven't done any technical climbing for a few years, and during the time I did I was using an Arcteryx Bora 30, which is also a very fine pack, but it weighs a ton. I've packed a helmet, ice axe, and crampons on the Relay with no problems. It holds everything I need and stays close and stable to my back and is very comfortable.Apr 3, 2008 at 1:06 pm #1426940
Do you have some pics of relay with all that stuff on it? I would love to see some.Apr 3, 2008 at 1:19 pm #1426944
My camera is in the shop right now, but when I get it back, I can post a picture.Apr 3, 2008 at 2:20 pm #1426962
The drawbacks to using this pack for climbing are the shape and the side pockets. Packs for climbing should be narrow and taper down to as little as possible at the bottom, as well as being a bit short so the waist belt is above the harness. This allows more flexibility of body positions and better access to the gear on your harness. It also means the pack will last longer because it will rub against sharp rock less.
The relay would probably be great for snow/glacier climbing, and one could get some use out of it on technical terrain if you were to remove the side pockets and size it a bit short. Most likely the bottom will wear out quickly though, and it will keep you from getting at the stuff on your rear gear loops. And it will get in the way more than a pack designed for climbing. Probably a better alternative that's not to much heavier would be the Arcteryx Cierzo 35.Apr 3, 2008 at 10:56 pm #1427046
Doug JohnsonBPL Member
@djohnsonLocale: Washington State
I agree with Douglas- the side pockets get in the way when climbing on rock and fill with snow when glissading. You could always cut them off.
The Golite Pinnacle is another good choice because you can use it to roll into base camp, shrink it down, and go for the summit.
There are reviews of both of these packs on this site that you might enjoy:
Golite Pinnacle review:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/golite_pinnacle_backpack_review.htmlApr 4, 2008 at 11:28 am #1427113
Thanks for the comments.
If I had a Relay, I wouldnt be so merciless. I would tighten the cords on the pockets and tie them up with guylines. May be Brian would consider making a custom pack with Powergrid Spectra 500D instead of 210D Dyneema Gridstop.
FYI, PowerGrid Nylon with Spectra 500D weights 8.2oz/yard.Apr 13, 2008 at 9:38 pm #1428462
Huzefa – at long last my gear and my camera are in the same place, so I've taken a picture of the packed Relay, including ice axe, snowshoes, and helmet. I've never packed the helmet and the snowshoes on the same trip. The picture just shows it can be done.
The other picture was taken last June on the rim of Mt. St. Helens. It shows my crampons in a plastic bag strapped on top of the pack, and the ice axe attached.Apr 18, 2008 at 12:02 am #1429014
Relay is looking awesome! Kathleen, thanks for the pics. I am hoping to pull together a sub 20 pounds winter mountaineering gear list in a few months. Relay is the pack I will buy.Apr 18, 2008 at 4:47 am #1429020
@vaporjourneyLocale: Greater Gila
Why not take a look at the ULA Amp? It weighs less than the Relay, and has a much slimmer, yet taller, profile. You can really compress the pack if you want slightly less volume, and you get an even nicer, slimmer, package. I love this pack and can't wait to take it on the PCT next week. Sadly I have no experience with it in Alpine situations.Apr 21, 2008 at 10:57 pm #1429444
Eric, there is a lot of silnyon on Amp. I wouldnt use anything less durable then Dyneema gidstop for alpine and mountaineering. Infact I am thinking of designing my own pack of completely out of much more durable 500D spectra fabric.
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