Gear Reviews and Top Picks
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Recently Calgary staff member, Kerry, completed a scramble of Mount Temple and had some fun with his GoPro along the way. Check out Kerry's scramble.
For the scramble Kerry used the following items:
- Gregory Z30
- Platypus Big Zip Lp 3L
- Salomon Quest 4D GTX
- Outdoor Research Flex-Tex II Gaiters
- Wigwam Merino Wool Comfort Hiker
- Kuhl Liberator Convertible Pant
- Icebreaker All In A Day Tech T Lite SS
- Icebreaker Quattro Hood
- Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Jacket
- Earth Management Bear Beware+ 325gm
- Earth Management Pen Launcher Centre/Rim and Bangers
- Black Diamond Revolt Headlamp
- Osprey Ariel 65
I love the female specific straps and the easy accessibility it has with both a top and bottom loader on the Osprey Ariel 65, as well as an opening in the front allowing you to get to the middle of your pack without unpacking it all. Although I am not the most gentle with my pack, it is still in top condition, and since my pack is made by Osprey, it has a lifetime warranty so if my pack ever gives out, I know I will be able to get it repaired without issue!
Martine, Campers Village
Osprey Aether 70L
The most memorable trips I've had with my Osprey Aether 70L pack would have to be: a four night winter camping experience in the Asulkan Valley of Rogers Pass in an area called the Tree Triangle and a 5 night mountain expedition in the Kananaskis up Mt. Joffre (11 316 ft.). My Osprey pack survived multiple abuses intact and comfortably carried all of the gear needed to camp multiple nights in winter conditions including: all the regular essentials (scotch, tent, stove, fuel, sleeping bag/mat, water bottles, food, warm clothing), and the gear necessary to achieve mountaineering goals that can include travel on glaciated terrain and avalanche paths (harness, ice screws, ice axes, belay device, prusiks, rope, carabiners, shovel, probe etc. - notice I didn't list a beacon, that's because I was wearing it). Even with all that gear on skis the pack helped to keep me balanced and the weight well distributed. Summiting an 11,000 ft. mountain and ski touring in Rogers Pass are two experiences I've always hoped I would have. Fortunately my pack has held up well enough for me to submit it to much more abuse on future expeditions.
Daniel, Campers Village
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