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Title: Backpacks Aconcagua and beyond
Post by: Roger on May 13 2005, 06:11
Now that I need a larger backpack I was hoping I could get some feedback on backpacks that people  have found up to the task of Aconcagua and beyond.
I am 6'3 and finding a suitable pack is difficult.
I read the JanSport Endeavor 8000 Pro tall is a good unit and suited to tall persons and has all the required bits suitable for high altitude ascents.
Thanks
Roger
Title: Re: Backpacks Aconcagua and beyond
Post by: MikeW on May 13 2005, 19:44
Hey Roger!

I used the Arc'Teryx Bora 95 on Aconcagua last January and it was fine though a bit too big. I think a Bora 80 would have been perfect. The capacity should be around 80 to 95 liters.

MikeW
Title: Re: Backpacks Aconcagua and beyond
Post by: Nudge on May 24 2005, 01:18
I'm going to Aconcagua this xmas and I've been told that maybe a 65 would do. Were doing the polish.

Anyfeed back would be good.

Title: Re: Backpacks Aconcagua and beyond
Post by: Roger on Aug 18 2005, 10:52
Thanks for the comments guys. After lots of research and considering the type of expedition pack I will need for the future I have chosen a Macpac Ascent XPD classic as it has all the appropriate loops, crampon patch etc and is light. Jamie Macguiness from Project Himalaya www.project-himalaya.com/ has found it a very good pack on the big mountains.
They are made in NZ and are very robust,  http://www.macpac.co.nz/products/display/catalogue/do,menuitem-view/mid,69/miid,2325/

Cheers
Roger
Title: Re: Backpacks Aconcagua and beyond
Post by: Ian2u on Sep 25 2005, 02:19
Either Arcteryx or Macpac.  I have a Macpac Pursuit (old type) for climbing and an Arcteryx Bora 95 for expeditions.  Chalk and Cheese, but both excellent.   The repair shop for Macpac in UK will add / alter so you might have same in Australia.  Pull cords on zips, velcro ice axe holders etc.  since you have to take gloves off otherwise.   The Bora is great but again a few niggles - hydration hole too small for Insulated Camelbak, need two way zip on front pouch etc.  Whilst the 95 is big, and I got the large size as well, anything over 50l is going to be a nuisance so I thought I might as well get the big one since I didnt have to cram stuff in.  Suspension on the Arcteryx is brilliant, better than Macpac but a bit unfair since I am comparing an expedition sack with a climbing one.