As the first American to summit all of the 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, Ed Viesturs is a mountaineering icon. He is also meticulous about what gear he takes on a climb. So when Ed speaks about gear, we listen. We caught up with Ed at 10,000 feet at Camp Muir, the day before he went for another summit of Washington’s highest peak, to give us the full run down on the Big Tahoma. Watch the full clip to learn why he built and carries the Big Tahoma on big volcano climbs such as Mt. Rainier, where he first began his guiding and mountaineering career.
Our official description: Rather than overbuilding another multi-day heavy hauler, our Big Tahoma is streamlined to exactly what is needed on big mountain climbs such as Rainier and Denali. 210D double-ripstop nylon with 420-denier dimension polyant fabric withstands serious abuse during long seasons of big objectives, while a removable hip belt and floating lid add convenience at elevation. On the suspension side, the Big Tahoma utilizes a V-stay system to carry heavy loads comfortably for hours of uphill or downhill travel and a crampon panel with removable crampon straps stows those sharp points safely. A side opening zip compartment allows easy access to interior contents at rest breaks. The volume measures up to 65. 70 and 75 liters for small, medium and large respectively. -LYA Editor
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