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Haul bag advice 14-Jan-2016 At 10:36:15 AM dhunchak
Hi, need some advice on haul bags for a trip I'm taking to North America this year. I have no prior aid climbing or hauling experience, and on this trip will be focusing mostly on long free climbs. However there may be some more aid intensive routes if I dig it, and there will almost certainly be a few overnights. Destinations include: Moab / Zion, Yosemite, Squamish and the Bugaboos / Washington Pass. I don't envision planning to take longer than 2 or 3 days at the most for any route.

My question is whether it is preferable to have one large haul bag, or two smaller ones. Given I prefer a fast and light approach and am not averse to long days, I feel I will most often be using a single smaller bag, hauling it rather than carrying if the grade is hard. My concern is that for very long / hard (for me) routes in the bugaboos especially, it may be too cumbersome to haul two bags and a portaledge simultaneously. Will the extra sideways bulk / straps get hung up on everything or can it run smoothly with some care in packaging?

The bags I'm looking at are the FISH atom smasher deluxe (38 + 18 Litres - two of them) vs the FISH grade V (84 Litres). Link here:

While I'm at it, I also considered forgoing the ledge and just getting some hammocks. 600gms x2 for the Grand Trunk hybrid shelter ( vs 6.5kgs for the FISH double whammy. Will I hate my life in a hammock? I want to have fun up there and cuddling frozen granite seems like no fun, but hauling seems like no fun too. Lesser of two evils is....? By the way, I plan to not use the portaledge very often, but it seems like it might be a pretty fun way to spend a few nights on certain routes.

Thanks for the advice

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