Stuff Pack goes to the top of Denali

Stuff Pack goes to the top of Denali

Brad Miller, co-founder of Adventures for Action, reports on his recent trip up Denali. He used the Stuff Pack as his summit pack.

In May, 2012 I fulfilled an 8 year dream of standing on the top of North America. My successful summit attempt was greatly aided by beautiful weather and my Hyperlite Mountain Gear Stuff Pack. This unique pack is super strong, ultra light and packs really small, making it a perfect addition to your kit as a one day summit pack. The size is just right and at 3.26oz, this pack can immediately lighten your load up to 7 lbs over an expedition backpack. Having this pack on my back instead of my heavy, bulky expedition pack, I was able to forget about what I was carrying and focus on putting one foot in front of the other, all the way to the summit. I also used the Stuff Pack as a waterproof sack for my sleeping bag, the -20 degree Feathered Friends Peregrine. I loved the rolltop closure because it allowed me to squeeze excess air out of my sleeping bag- like a compression sack but far lighter. All in all, I was super stoked to be able to use the Stuff Pack for my trip.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ultralight Stuff Pack
Brad approaching the summit ridge.
Ultralight Stuff Pack at the top of Denali
Brad atop Denali with the Stuff Pack

Note that Hyperlite Mountain Gear has three backpacks suitable for ultralight summit attempts. 1) the Stuff Pack is the lightest, most compact and least durable (best for low abrasion environments). 2) the Metro Pack offers the same design but with a significantly more durable material for only 2.5oz more. 3) the Summit Pack takes the Metro’s material and adds two daisy chains, padded shoulder straps, a cord lock attachment system and a Windrider style closure system.

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