On Route

The REI Pinnacle 35 pack was designed as an alpine climbing, ski mountaineering, and cragging backpack. This pack has some huge plusses and a few minuses. You can also use the pack for day hikes or even an overnight if you had to carry heavier gear.

I personally use the Pinnacle mainly as a crag pack in Joshua Tree and for the occasional alpine route. The 35 liter volume is spread out between 2 compartments, a large main compartment and a smaller front crampon pocket. The main compartment is the perfect size for my trad rack, quick draws, a set of alpine draws/slings, harness, helmet, shoes, and various cordage and the front crampon pocket works well for small items like energy snacks or a small water bottle. On top of the pack, there is a sweet rope carry system that keeps your rope nice and neat for the approach and…

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