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Gregory Makalu Pro packed for traditional alpine mountaineering

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The Gregory Makalu Pro packed for an overnight spring summit.
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My pack, ready to go high at 28 pounds.

Note the straps I had sewn on by Metolius Climbing to hold the pads and crampons.

I do not pack the fuel inside!

Metolius gave me some new potty bags to try. I just took one.

Here is the stuff removed from the outside, including the top pocket.

My TNF Blue Kazzoo and Assault Single Wall are still in the Makalu Pro.

Generic poly jacket and Gore WindStopper gloves and hat.

Map, compass, gps and small essentials (see my list).

Extra clothes including my hawaiian shorts (see my list).

TNF Blue Kazoo and Assault Single Wall out of the bag.

My lite Platypus Hydration system in the top pocket.

Stove for melting snow and food for an overnight peak.

Small stuff for the tent or bivy (see my list).

The weather was good so I decied to take the TNF Soloist Bivy, not the Single Wall.

June, 2003, overnight camping on the consolidated snow above Moraine Lake
We practiced the technical skills for climbs of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Adams and Mt Jefferson on the flats and slopes above Moraine Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness. We had great weather. The snow was perfect; no crampons were needed although we had them in case the weather cooled. The consolidated spring snow accepted a kicked edge going up in the morning and a plunge step going down in the afternoon. See the photos.

The photos linked above show both light and heavy (luxury) gear. On a related page, I have done a list of "light and fast, fit and experienced", basic to advanced traditional alpine mountaineering gear for a two or three day peak bagging adventure. See the list.

As a bonus, I have copied below the FAQ answer I did on "What do you carry in your winter summit pack?" All you need for an overnight or two is some more light stuff, like a good light back-pack, down bag, a good weather proof bivy, some long underwear to keep the bag clean and food. See the FAQ.

What do you carry in your winter summit pack?
The inside scoop:
Total weight to find your way is 8 oz: map, M3D leader compass, (whistle) and Garmin eTrex GPS-
Total weight of the personal, always carried Backcountry First Aid items in a Ziploc is 3.5 oz. Carry it in your Essentials sack-
Total weight of the Essentials is 8.5 oz plus the essential cell phone at 6 oz-
Gorp bag with some carbos as shown is 6 oz. (Add a a couple of traditional Clif Bars and a bagel and string cheese for lunch)-
Essential year-round hats and gloves are 7 oz-
Additional winter hats, gloves and a scarf always carried in winter, total 8 oz. (The winter OR gaiters are worn, not carried)-
Summer, fall or winter down jacket insulation, one always carried, about 1 pound at the bottom of the pack-
Gore-Tex Pack-lite® pants and jacket, always carried in winter as my wind and rain protection, total 2 pounds-
Total of the above including the essential wind vest at 5.5 oz, is just 5 pounds 14.5 ounces!
Add two quarts of water in Platypus bags, 4 pounds-
Add a winter pad, say a Cascades Designs three-quarter RidgeRest, 9 ounces-
Add the weight of the TNF Exocet pack at 2 pounds, 6 ounces- 
(Note, you can use a one pound packable summit pack if you climb while wearing, not packing the gear shown below).
Total of the basic winter day pack is 7 pounds, 13.5 ounces

More water?
Add an MSR Dragon Fly, 17 ounces plus bottle and fuel, and a quart pot with top to melt snow-
and/or a Katadyn Mini water filter at 8 ounces for spring snow melt-

Add snow travel gear outside the pack, partly worn or carried:
Lifelink snow shovel, 1 pound, 4.5 ounces-
GAB snap on 12 point crampons, 2 pounds, 8 ounces-
Black Diamond mountaineering ice axe 80cm, 2 pounds, 2 ounces-
Approach poles, three part, 1 pound, 6.5 ounces-
TSL technical snowshoes are 4 pounds, 2 ounces-

Add technical climbing gear: 
8.5mm rope, alpine harness, biners, webbing, snow anchors, rescue pulleys, etc. for an interesting summit attempt!
Copyright© 2004 by Robert Speik. All Rights Reserved.





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LitePack'n Gear List to go with these photos of my Gregory Makalu Pro! 4 pdf pages
Photos of a South Sister spring snow overnight for gear and skills

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