Rock Climbing: Scaling the Great Outdoors — Which TETON Pack to Bring?

Rock Climbing: Scaling the Great Outdoors — Which TETON Pack to Bring?

Whether you’re just getting into rock climbing or are a seasoned enthusiast, having the right pack along for the adventure is essential. It’ll help you carry all the necessary gear, snacks and water, letting you stay organized while enjoying everything the outdoors has to offer.  

We’re all about encouraging people to get outdoors and enjoy life. What’s more, our team believes that having the right gear is a huge part of having a positive experience.  

Here’s a look at two TETON packs that are best for rock-climbing excursions.  

Man stands in water with backpack canyoneering.

The Summit 1500 

Having lots of flexibility to adjust a pack is critical for your comfort. Fortunately, the Summit 1500 has you covered. The chest strap, waist belt and contoured shoulder straps all adjust to your body’s shape. You’ll also appreciate how the low-profile design minimizes pack-bounce. A lightweight but durable polyethylene backer board serves as the pack’s internal frame and helps it conform to your back.  

Take advantage of the compression straps and external pockets to make the most of your available space. The Summit 1500’s main compartment has enough room to accommodate what you need to bring for an all-day or overnight rock-climbing trip.  

Use the numerous gear loops to secure items you’ve decided to carry on the outside of your pack. The bright yellow rainfly serves a dual purpose of keeping your gear dry and increasing your safety with its stylish visibility boost, too.  

Woman stands looking over cliff with backpack.

The Talus 2700 

Rock climbers use technical packs, which can take them all the way to the summit while carrying their gear with ease. These items must also do the job without weighing a climber down. The Talus 2700 certainly fits that description. This 44-liter pack offers enough space for a day-and-a-half worth of gear but only weighs 4.2 pounds.  

Since the handy clamshell zipper design allows the pack to open fully, it gives you easy access to any essentials you may bring — from rope to your helmet. There’s also ample space for snacks and extra layers to help you adapt to changing temperatures.  

Stay organized with the numerous gear ties and loops, along with the dual daisy-chain loops that help you maximize your use of internal and external spaces while figuring out the best ways to carry things.  

A successful rock-climbing requires staying hydrated. The Talus 2700 makes that easy with an integrated Velcro hang tab suitable for a hydration bladder up to 3 liters.  

Is a friend or loved one tracking your climb? This pack’s zippered waist belt pocket keeps your smartphone or other small device close at hand.  

However, if you’re climbing in a national park, many locations lack cell phone coverage. Let people back at home know you may not receive or be able to respond to messages immediately.  

Final Thoughts 

Both the Summit 1500 and Talus 2700 will keep you comfortable while holding what you can’t leave at home. They have lots of convenient features, letting you devote more thought to planning your route and less brainpower to how you’ll carry everything. The Summit 1500 is the least expensive of the two packs, so if cost is a concern or you’re just getting into climbing, it’s a smart choice.  

Our products also have a limited lifetime warranty, covering defects and mis-performance for as long as you own them. Now that you’ve learned about two of our carefully engineered packs, why not start planning your next — or first — climb? While one of our packs carries your gear, you can get immersed in the memorable perspective that climbing brings.