Fresh out of college, Jeff Popp started Denver-based Mile High Mountaineering because he felt some existing pack designs "lacked passion." Mile High's fresh approach is on full display at Outdoor Retailer, with a line up of new packs and one innovative accessory.
The Salute 34 leads the pack with a new access system that allows unfettered access to the pack and transforms it into a ground cover suitable for coiling rope, having a picnic, or sitting on. The Salute also features industrial grade #10 zippers.
For winter hikes, ski tours, snowboard treks, the Powder Keg is the ticket. It has a unique lashing system the enables skiis to be affixed 3 different ways.
The Bolt is designed as a day-hiker and peak-bagger, with ice axe holsters that permit some "adventurous" peak bagging too.
The Snack Stacker
The Snack Stacker is an insulated module that fits into Mile High Mountaineering's packs. With space for an ice pack and a sleeve that conceals a midget-sized stainless steel grill, this got me thinking about a fresh steak on nights one and two of a hike.