The South Col is a 70 litre pack, which does sound big but my worry before departure was, would it cope with the kit list and the load carrying on Aconcagua! Also how would it measure up against my old faithful pack that I’ve used on all my expeditions since my first visit to Aconcagua 10 years ago?
Scotland this winter has been a real full on season, but as my photos show we were also blessed with some perfect alpine “parts” of the day. So other than the super bright colour of this jacket which I thought was fantastic especially for pictures, the true strength of this jacket really does lie in when you need to baton down the hatches and zip everything up!
2014-03-05: I have now been field-testing the Millet Aerial 32 rucksack now for nearly a year. Whilst I have not used it for anything alpine, or “sport walking” I have used it for some scrambling in the Lake District, mountain biking, many many trips to various climbing walls around the UK
The Charpoua Gore-Tex boots from Millet are a B2 rated flexible walking and easy mountaineering boot. They have a fully waterproof Gore-Tex liner, can take a flexible or semi-rigid crampon (C1 or C2), and weigh 1400gm per pair…
I used this rucksack on a trek to Kang Tengri base camp (Kyrgyzstan) in July 2013. This was a 6 day trek up a predominately moraine-covered glacier. Although we had porter support, as leader of the trip I was carrying a fair amount of group safety equipment so for the most part the pack was relatively fully loaded.
I have been using the Airzone ZND rucksack for a further 2 months since my last review and am pleased to say it is proving to be a durable and useful piece of kit. Despite the bright colour, it still looks clean and fresh, and any marks have been easy to sponge off
White water, sunny alpine valleys, red wine, saucisson, down jacket? Not really something that instantly comes to mind is it. 30 degree weather and the need for goose feathers… I don’t think so. But having said that I was relieved I had my down jacket packed in my bag…