Patagonia Ascensionist 55L
The black hole of alpine packs! Patagonia really nailed it with the new size. I was in the market for a 55L pack for overnight alpine missions and Patagonia delivered right before a trip to the cascades.
First impressions, tons of features. This pack would feel cluttered but everything is removable! Use the features you need for the objective and remove the others. These features include, removable, lid, removable waist strap, removable compression straps, removable rope carry strap, removable back pad, and so much more.
This pack is proving to be lightweight, durable, and an all around work horse. I’ve used it on the Kautz glacier route on rainier, several technical climbs in the cascades and rockies. Not only is it proving it self on long technical routes but I’ve also been using it guiding in the single pitch environment.
Loading it down with two ropes a full rack, water, snacks, first aid kit, and more. It carries the heavy loads exceptionally well and isn’t a burden. Patagonia has once again improved an awesome piece of gear.
I’ll update this review with tech specs when Patagonia releases them! Look for this pack to release in spring of 2020!
Hi, I’m Will, I’m currently living the van life in Colorado. I enjoy mountaineering, splitboarding, climbing, trail running and type 2 fun! I’m 28 years old and spend as much time outside as possible. I moved to Colorado in 2014 from Mississippi and grew up in the mid-south. I have been snowboarding since 2000 and the mountains have had my heart ever since. You can find me anywhere from riding Colorado’s high peaks to climbing desert towers, to climbing in the PNW!