Challenging convention, the men's and women's Caldera 35 offer a new concept in mountaineering packs and are the latest additions to the Berghaus Extrem range. They have been developed with the input of Mountain Tracks, and tested by climber and mountain guide Graeme Ettle, and climber Monika Kambic.
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Inspired by an ice climbing trip to the Italian Alps, the Caldera challenges the accepted norm of mountaineering packs. 'Quick and efficient' is the mantra for a climbing sack that uses zip access to allow fast entry into the main bag, combined with a well thought through internal layout for the efficient storage and segregation of gear, and a good sized lid pocket for items that are needed most often.
The women's Caldera 35
© Berghaus, Sep 2012
The men's Caldera 35
© Berghaus, Sep 2012
A removable Berghaus Verteflex II frame, which not only delivers great freedom of movement, flexibility and load transfer, but overlaps back on itself to prevent the frame and rucksack from barrelling; a pivoting, easily removable hipbelt; an internal gear rack designed to keep climbing gear well organised and close to the back during the walk in; and a reinforced external rope strap that tucks away into its own pocket when not in use.
Graeme Ettle comments:
“I wore the Caldera for a six day mountaineering trip. I love the big mesh pocket in the hood, perfect for map and compass, and separate from the rest of my nick nacks in the top. While carrying the bag loaded I did not really notice it, which usually means it's doing its job well. Everyone I met instantly asked what the bag was – it has a wow factor I've never had before. It gets my thumbs up.”
The Caldera 35 is lightweight (1.29kg or 0.96kg stripped) and tough, delivering efficiency and load carrying comfort in a stunning package for the most adventurous climbers around.
The Berghaus autumn/winter 2012 range is available now from the website below and specialist outdoor retailers.
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