As we dive into the heart of our Annual Gear Event, we’ve decided to honor the guide-built process and our award-winning gear with stunning expedition galleries from three of the best pieces of gear we’ve ever built. Today is the Alchemist Pack, which picked up a coveted Outside Magazine Gear of the Year award in 2012. It’s an expandable alpine utility pack that our guides tested in the thin air of towering peaks such as Makalu and Everest, towering spires in the Cirque of the Unclimbables and on trips to remote locations such as Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Cook. This pack has logged some serious vertical and earned its recognition on the world’s toughest climbs. —LYA Editor
Above: Melissa Arnot testing the Alchemist on approach to Everest base camp in 2012. L to R: Melissa Arnot climbing with the Alchemist on the thin air of Makalu. 2, 3: The Alchemist, and Melissa Arnot, working their way through the Khumbu Icefall on Everest in 2012.
Above: Charlie Mace, David Morton and Jake Norton testing the Alchemist on the Everest 2012 West Ridge Expedition.
L to R: 1. Lexi du Pont loading up the Alchemist in Joshua Tree. 2. Mason Earle loading up the Alchemist for the flight into the Cirque of the Unclimbables, Northwest Territory, Canada. 3. Mason Earle approaching with the Alchemist in the Cirque of the Unclimbables.
Above: Kyle Miller shredding his way–with the Alchemist–to a first ten non-volcanic peak achievement on the Washington Nines Project, North Cascades, Washington. L to R: 1. Kyle Miller climbing, with the Alchemist, in the North Cascades, above Holden, WA. 2. Kyle Miller transitioning with the Alchemist in the North Cascades, WA 3. Dave Hahn taking a rest day hike with the Alchemist on the lower Khumbu glacier near Everest base camp.
Above: David Morton getting the shot with the Alchemist on approach to Mt. Cook, NZ
Above: David Morton and the Alchemist as a tripod on Mt. Cook, NZ
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