The Patagonia Ascensionist Pack 40L is a super tough yet simply designed larger 40 litre alpine pack. It's perfect for alpine trips with numerous summits and routes in mind, along with journeys into the mountains where you're going to be climbing rock or ice with a pack on.
The pack is constructed from a highly tear and abrasion resistant 210 denier Cordura┬« fabric, yet it still remains lightweight. It has a structured base which gives it some rigidity making it really easy to pack all your gear in. This also increases the packs abrasion resistance and durability on the base a normal high wear area. It features a foam back system which provides support and structure when carrying heavier loads, this is removable and can be used as an emergency bivvy mat or removed totally for fast and light ascents were every gram counts. The hip belt is padded and adjustable giving excellent comfort by evenly distributing the load, it also features gear loops on either side, these too can be removed. When the pack is normally loaded, the lid is low volume and can be hidden away to allow a generous range of motion when climbing and wearing your helmet. The lid features a zipped pocket for keeping essential items close to hand.
There are two available systems on this pack to securely carry your axes with, a traditional one and one with T-bars so you know your tools will attach securely, the Velcro that holds the axe shafts is also removable. The pack also features side compression straps and handy daisy chains to provide versatile lashing options when you need to carry a larger load for extended trips into the mountains. The haul loop is super strong and has been well thought through by being stitched well into the suspension system of the pack, this greatly reduces it from being accidentally torn out.
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