What’s in the Pack 2019

If you had to pick the best 4 modern musicians to form the best band since the 1970’s, who would you pick? You’re wrong. This is the line up:

Danny Carey
Adam Jones
Maynard James Keenan
Justin Chancellor

There will be more to this at the end of the post.

Things in my pack changes day to day depending on what I’m up to, but here it is for day rock climbs for right now. It’s basically the same as it ever was.

I like a 40 liter pack I can fit everything into, is reasonably comfortable for carrying 40+lbs, and has easy access. In years past, I’ve normally carried a Cold Cold World Ozone or Valdez. I’ve even been know to use a Hyperlight Ice Pack. Right now, the BD Crag pack is my choice. It doesn’t fit my odd frame too well, but I make it work. It’s got easy top access and a side zipper. I like that.

Shoes: Evolv General, Skyhawk, or Oracle. Approaches get the Evolv Rebel.

Harness: Petzl Sama. Helmet: Sirocco. Metolius ‘Merica Chalkbag. It’s full of the cheap stuff.


Nuts: BD Stoppers #4-11, #5 BD micro nut, # 7-9 HB Offset or DMM Offset

Cams: BD C4 .3-#4, double .75 and 1. Metolius TCU 1-4. Sometimes, I carry C3s or mastercams. TCUs and C3s are better on the Traprock.

Draws/Slings: 4 short sport draws, 6 UHMPE should length slings. All with Petzl Ange L biners.

Anchoring: 1 16′ tech cord cordelette, 1 180cm Petzl UHMPE slimng, 1 120cm dynnema sling, 1 48″ 9/16″ nylon sling. I don’t always carry the longer cords on routes, but they are in the pack for trs, etc. I just about always have one with me, but rarely two.

Lockers: 4 Petzl Attache, 1 heavier one for tr-ing= 5 total free lockers. These do not include the ones that make the belay devices function.

Belaying/Rappelling: OR Gloves, 2019 Petzl Reverso (I did the beta testing, it’s awesome) w an AMD S and an older round stock Attache, 2019 Petzl Gri Gri w/ Frieno. Light Locker with a custom Sterling Hollowblock. The BD Pilot is for guests to belay me, w Petzl William locker.

Other random items include sunscreen, lip balm, a whistle for back up comms, phone, InReach if out of range, a fork, Julbo shades, a quicklink, headlamp, rescue knife for going off belay, first aid kit, sam splint, and lastly a Rest Stop II bag. You never know when Greg will have to go.

Ropes: Sterling 9.8mm 60m prototype, and a 10mm 150′ Safety Pro static.

1-2 Liters of water, and a substantial lunch round it out.

So back to the ultimate band: Tool is releasing a new album on August 30, after 13 years. Prepare to descend.


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March Ice and Alpine

Enjoy the images from the last stand of our winter season

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Winter Range Traverse

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3 day trip done in 2 Daniel, Seth and Jason have been planning this trip for a some time, maybe even 16 months. How managed a weather forecast like the one we got is unknown! We sent our 3 day … Continue reading

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Mount Washington Valley this week

Here are a few highlights from Ice Fest weekend in New Hampshire. It’s warm now, but thats OK. The ice needs to heal a bit. It should be full throttle in time for the next trip!

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Summit For Someone

For 2019, we are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the Big City Mountaineers Summit for Someone Program. Our commitment is a fundraiser ‘expedition’ to support under-resourced youth. Monies raised on this trip will support youth on wilderness trips nationwide.

Our trip this year is a Presidential Range Traverse over 3 days in early July. We will hike and scramble the ridge while staying in the beautiful AMC huts along the way. Light packs, great views, alpine terrain and common good shared.

Madison, Adams, Jefferson

My own previous expereinces with Summit for Someone was during a Grand Teton trip in Wyoming in 2017. I was fortunate to climb to the top of the Grand with 3 fine folks.

Grand Teton, 13,770′

Our trip this year, will be less technical, in fact, it’s mostly hiking and some scrambling. It’s a great entry level program for fit hikers who might want to try a 2 night trip.

Here is some beta for those of you less familiar with the Big City Mountaineers and Summit for Someone program.

SFS Impact

                  The Summit for Someone program brings together outdoor enthusiasts from all over the country to combine incredible personal adventures with the opportunity to give back, making such transformative wilderness experiences available to under-resourced youth. All told, Summit for Someone participants generate more than a quarter of a million dollars to support Big City Mountaineers’ youth programs each year.

Here are a few key highlights to celebrate the success that the SFS program has helped to enable over the years:

  • 10,000+ youth in the field with Big City Mountaineers
  • Over 46,000 nights spent by youth under the stars
  • 30 years of field programming (2019 will be our 30th season… happy anniversary, BCM!)
  • Unique 1:1 mentorship model, with one compassionate adult per youth participant on each expedition
  • Data-driven results that demonstrate significant improvement in critical life skills among youth program participants

I plan to have more information coming out throughout the winter regarding this trip. If you are interested in joining us, I am happy to answer some questions, and there is also information here:


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