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Road Tripping Essentials

Gear to take on your next road trip.

Big Agnes Tensleep Station 4

The Tensleep Station 4’s excellent ventilation and massive, highly-configurable front vestibule make it a top choice for an extended cragging vacation. This is a great alternative to claustrophobic high-altitude summit tents, which are obviously better suited to high-altitude summits.

Therma Rest Antares -7C
Regular – $350: Long $380

The Antares is a great option for traveling climbers seeking warmth without unnecessary weight or bulk.  Therm-a-Rest uses an incredibly efficient 750+ fill-power goose down and distributes 70 per cent of it on the top of the bag, 30 per cent on the sides and leaves the bottom uninsulated. Two flexible fabric bands keep the bag centred over the sleeping pad which adds insulation to the bottom of the bag. This system works.


Kelty Tailgater IPA

This fast-pitching shelter easily fit off the back of any mid to full-size SUV and provides an excellent public space for preparing meals or simply enjoying a post-climbing day beer.

Sierra Designs Mirage 4

This luxurious basecamp tent is perfect for extended frontcountry climbing trips. The tent features a separated sleeping area as well as a floorless similarly sized vestibule space that is perfect for storing gear or waiting out inclement weather.

MSR Reactor Coffee Press 1
1 L $20: 1.7 L $23

This could quite possible be the fastest way to brew up coffee during a road trip. First, swap out the lid on the Reactor 1 L or 1.7 L pots with the appropriate size Coffee Press. Then simply boil water, drop in the coffee, let steep and then use the Coffee Press to separate the black-gold from the coffee grounds. It’s that simple and that effective.

Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot

Tired of sleeping in the dirt? Then consider this new ultra-light cot from Therm-a-Rest. By using a series of tensioned aluminum poles and a durable, lightweight fabric, the LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot clocks in at only  1400 g. Packed size is similarly impressive – only 43 cm long and 15 cm in diameter. This thing works and is the next best thing to renting a hotel room.

Rock Deodorant Body Spray

Consisting of only purified water, mineral salts and natural fragrances, Rock Deodorant Body Spray helps stop and prevent the questionable odours that some climbers seem to emit after a few days on the road. This is a simple and effective addition to a regular bathing routine that many climbers should embrace.

Helinox Chair One

This incredibly light (900 g) and highly packable (35 cm x 10 cm x 12 cm) camp chair is comfortably capable of supporting climbers up to 145 kg. Mandatory kit for the inevitable campfire sprayfest.

The North Face Base Camp Travel Canister

Built with the same rugged materials that The North Face uses in its expedition duffle bags, the Base Camp Travel Canister is perfect for keeping personal hygiene gear safe and organized during a long trip.

The North Face Flyweight Pack

This minimalist pack fits in its own pocket and offers much needed carrying capacity when venturing into town for supplies. Much more civilized and appropriate for urban use than that beaten up old crag pack.

MEC Pack Rat Sil Stuff Sacks
$6 – $15

Available in eight sizes and various colours, these lightweight stuff sacks feature waterproof fabric, taped seams and roll-top closures, making them ideal for organizing clothing and gear. A great way of avoiding the entropy that tries to engulf every road trip.

Deuter Wash Center 1

With its multiple organizer slots and detachable pockets, the Wash Center 1 is the perfect toiletry bag for anyone with an extensive health, beauty and hygiene kit.

Edelrid Anniversary Rope 9.7 mm

Rather than risking a core-shot by bringing an old beat up rope on an extended trip, consider getting Edelrid’s new Anniversary Rope. Edelrid is offering this special cord to celebrate their 150-year history of rope-making and has used multiple fibre treatments that minimize water absorption and extend durability. Edelrid also includes a woven colour change in the sheath for easy middle-point identification. The rope’s 9.7 mm diameter makes it ideal for a variety of climbing situations ranging from redpointing hard sport climbs to extended trad adventures. And if that’s not enough, the rope also comes with its own rope bag. What’s not to like?


DryPointe Shoe Inserts
Sm. $11; Med. $14; Lg. $17

Originally created to keep ballet pointe shoes dry and odour free, these inserts are also ideal for keeping climbing shoes from going rancid. A good addition to any road trip equipment list.

Arcteryx Aristo Pant (M)

This rugged cotton/nylon pant provides excellent articulation for climbing while maintaining the classic street aesthetic required when venturing into more urban environments.

Arcteryx Quiq Hoody (M)

The trim fitting pullover hoody features a soft and stretchy cotton blend terry knit fabric that provides plenty of chill-fighting warmth – perfect when resting between redpoint attempts or just going out for post climbing-gym beers.

Arcteryx C’esta Hoody

This beautifully made cotton linen hoody provides some light protection from sun and wind when climbing while remaining stylish enough for any non-climbing adventure.

Arcteryx Calyx Pant (W)

This attractive loose fitting pant features a stretch-knit waistband that comfortably fits under a climbing harness. Stylish pocket details and sparse contrasting stitching elevate this piece to beyond just cragwear.

The North Face Bishop Capri
$ 75

The flattering Bishop Capri performs flawlessly on the rock thanks to its articulated knees, a crotch gusset, and drawcord-adjustable waist closure.

The North Face Pilot-Rock Crew

Built with a cool and comfortable VaporWick treated polyester/cotton blend fabric, the Pilot-Rock Crew is a good choice for cragging and bouldering as well as heading into town for dinner.


Some of Canada’s most dramatic rock climbs require a lake crossing during the approach – think Cap Trinite in Quebec. For these routes, consider using one of these two highly waterproof packs. With their durable drybag style fabrics and roll-top closures, they’ll keep gear and other climbing essentials, dry during the wettest conditions.


MEC Slogg Deluxe 115 Dry Pack

The cavernous Slogg Delux 115 Dry Pack delivers exceptional water protection, durability and thanks to its plushly padded suspension, a reasonably comfortable carry for such a large pack. A three-position adjustable shoulder harness further improves carrying comfort and fit.

SealLine Pro Pack RE

This massive (115 l) pack delivers plenty of carrying capacity while ensuring gear will remain dry regardless of the conditions. SealLine smartly uses an extra-beefy fabric on the lower portion of the pack for excellent durability. The addition of fully adjustable shoulder harness and sophisticated dual-pull waistbelt assure a good fit and in turn, a comfortable carry during the approach.