I have been thinking about a pet project for quite some time now. As I get into alpine mountaineering I am constantly faced with the logistical problem of getting stuff out in the field. I really only want to climb big mountains with guide services and only enlist their help when I need greater depth in my skill sets. This means I have to find a solution for getting all my gear out in the field. All of my backpacking stuff plus my harness, ropes, cams/anchors, carabiners, runners, helmets, axes etc... also have to come with me. How do I get it out there? I thought about getting an external frame pack and then looked into 85L + internal frames but the solution I think I like is much simpler: Expedition Duffel.
Most expedition duffel bags come with portering straps to carry the bag like a back pack (Patagonia black hole duffel and TNF Base camp). Ive seen countless mountain flicks where porters carried these packs. I tried it out on a short hike with 90 pounds in my 90L duffel and I think it might just do the trick. In short I would load the duffel up with all the equipment and a summit pack. More than likely my Arcteryx Cezro 35 because it is collapsible. I can effectively take all my gear to a base camp and carry a large enough summit pack for a multi day climb if needed. But I am talking about carrying this much weight and this poorly supported pack for 20-60 miles over any given trip where I intend to spend time at the base camp.
I know it is a far distant concept from the Ultra lite world but we all have our own unique problems to handle out in the field. I think this might be a solution to mine. Any thoughts?