Three Colorado Mountain College Alums (Eric Crosby, Michael Elges, and Ryan Edwards) recently went on an adventure to the Alaska Range to raise money for Paradox Sports, a Boulder-based non-profit that seeks to recognize and foster an individual’s potential and strength, defying the assumption that people with a physical disability can’t lead a life of excellence. Paradox Sports provides inspiration, opportunities, and specialized adaptive equipment so that anyone is able to be an active participant in human-powered sports. They truly believe that climbing can help us discover ourselves on a different level. The challenges that are unique to climbing a mountain on this scale can be viewed as a metaphor for struggles we face in daily life. Commitment, teamwork and perseverance come together to overcome the physical and emotional stresses faced in the outdoors. Eric and friends have been testing some gear for us along the way as well!
The Lowe Alpine Alpine Attack Pack 35:45 is designed to excel on multi-day alpine climbs. To test this product we took the Alpine Attack up and over Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Then to put this pack through the ringer we carried it on to the West Ridge of Mount Hunter and to the summit of Peak 11,300 in the Alaska Range, Alaska. This pack really does attack in the alpine and was ready and waiting for a summit, storm, and anything else we threw it at.
The Alpine Attack exceeded our expectations making it through weeks of climbing in harsh environments with barely a scratch.
The Trishield grid fabric is tough and stands up to the sharpest of granite, even when packed to the brim. The buckles, zippers and tool attachments are bomb-proof and easy to use with thick gloves. The waist belt is comfortable under heavy loads with easy-use adjustments and gear loops.
The adjustment straps on the waist belt tuck into the belt, making for less clutter while in use. The side tuck sleeves for the waist belt are a great feature and a great option to have if you do not like the waist belt or for easier carrying if you slimmed down the rack and food. The molded back panel is great for a sleeping pad and comfortable with heavy loads. The back panel also holds the pack’s shape with less gear. I am six feet tall and 180 pounds and the large pack was an excellent fit, carrying and climbing well with heavy and light loads. The information and color of the pack on Lowe Alpine’s website is very accurate and has not left me anything more to desire besides the 45:55 for longer trips.
It would be nice to have an easier vertical adjustment on the shoulder straps for the chest strap, making for easier transitions with heavy-to-light loads.
All and all the Lowe Alpine Alpine Attack is a functional-yet-stylish pack. This pack has a user-friendly and durable design which is invaluable in the mountains. After one month’s worth of climbing the pack is still looking a little too new, I cannot wait to put the Alpine Attack back on and see it perform for years to come. You should definitely consider making the Lowe Alpine Alpine Attack 35:45 a part of your pack quiver when you are out in harsh mountainous environments.