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Engaging in mountaineering and technical ascents is a complex and hazardous yet exhilarating sport. In addition to physical training and honing technical skills, preparation for an ascent also requires careful selection of equipment.
The comfort and safety of the mountaineer depend on the convenience and reliability of the gear, which includes a crucial element – the mountaineering backpack. For ascents, several types of backpacks can be used. Often, mountaineers use a large-volume duffel bag or a sturdy backpack for transporting technical and bivouac gear, as well as supplies to the base camp. For the actual ascent, an alpine assault backpack is typically employed.
Regarding the first type, it's quite straightforward. A mountaineering duffel should be robust, durable, and able to withstand substantial loads. Typically, mountaineering duffels have a volume of 100+ liters, and water-resistant fabric is preferable. Alternatively, a backpack with a 100L volume can be more convenient for carrying than a duffel.
Let's delve deeper into the second type – the alpine assault backpack.
What should backpack be like for mountaineering?
- Volume: Varies depending on the duration and autonomy of the ascent. For day trips, a 30-40L backpack is sufficient. For overnight stays on the mountain, an alpine backpack with a capacity of up to 60L may be needed.
- Weight: Mountaineering backpacks are designed to be as lightweight as possible, achieved through modern materials and minimalistic construction. Since technical routes demand a significant expenditure of energy, it's advisable to choose a lighter backpack.
- Shape: Alpine backpacks usually have a streamlined form without protruding details that could snag on terrain. A more elongated and narrow shape is convenient, ensuring the center of gravity remains lower, preventing the backpack from tipping.
- Construction: Similar to other outdoor activity backpacks, mountaineering backpacks have adjustable straps and belts.
Some models may have adjustable back panels, while others are fixed in size and are selected based on the user's measurements. The back panel might lack padding to prevent snow accumulation.
Belt Placement: The belt should be positioned to avoid obstructing the harness and hindering climbing.
Most alpine backpacks have a limited number of pockets and compartments to save weight.
- Durability: An alpine backpack must be sufficiently robust to withstand friction against terrain and gear. Striking a balance between strength and lightness is crucial. Modern materials such as Cordura, Dyneema® Composite Fabric, and X-PAC™ are commonly used.
- Water Resistance: Weather conditions in the mountains can be unpredictable, so an alpine backpack should be water-resistant. Some backpacks are made from water-resistant materials with sealed seams, while others require a reliable rain cover.
- Attachments for Gear: Mountaineering involves using a variety of specialized equipment. Therefore, having dedicated attachments for ice axes, ice tools, carabiners, and rope straps is convenient.
Various models of mountaineering backpacks are available on our website. All backpacks have been tested by leading Ukrainian mountaineers on the world's most challenging peaks, such as Annapurna, Talung, K2, Peak Pobeda, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri.
You can purchase a Fram-Equipment mountaineering backpack with delivery to any location in Ukraine or abroad.