Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Marmot Eiger 48L

This is my first experience using a Marmot pack and I have to say, I’m impressed. Working as a professional mountain guide, I spend a lot of time in the field and subsequently lots of time wearing a pack. Therefore, I look for something that fits well and has simple, yet useful features without too many bells and whistles. I have found this in the Marmot Eiger 48L pack.

I first used this on a guided ascent of the Dragontail Couloir in Rocky Mountain National Park. The pack easily accommodated all the necessary equipment for a full day of Alpine abuse. Features include a crampon pouch, dual ice axe slots, and hydration system. The fully adjustable shoulder straps and padded hip belt made the approach comfortable.

When it was time to climb, the pack compressed to a more climbing friendly size. The removable top lid was able to fit inside and the side compression straps cinched for a more streamlined fit.
As we topped out in near white-out conditions, the mesh pocket on the hip belt was perfect for GPS and map storage to easily navigate on the descent.

There is no doubt that this will be my go-to pack for all guiding objectives this season. From classic alpine routes in RMNP to rock climbing in Eldorado Canyon, this pack can do it all.

For more info, visit Marmot.com

Eric Whewell
AMGA Certified Rock Guide
Colorado Mountain School
TotalClimbing.com
800-836-4008

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