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Three hours before I was scheduled to leave on a camping trip for the weekend the High Peak Adrenaline 70 + 10 showed up on my doorstep. Even though this trip was not a backpacking trip, I wanted to see how all my gear fit into the pack. When I go on non-backpacking camping trips, I tend to pack a lot more gear then I would for a backpacking trip so this trip was going to be a true test for the backpack. I always lay all my gear out on my bed then start from the bottom of my pack and move up. I first stuffed my sleeping bag in the bottom compartment of the pack. It easily fit in there with room to spare so I stuffed two camping pillows in there with my sleeping bag. I attached my sleeping pad to the outside of the pack with the straps. There are two sections on the outside straps so there is room for a sleeping pad and a tent if you need the room on the inside main compartment. I chose to put my tent in the main compartment, which has access from the front or the top, standing up vertical on one side then proceeded to stuff all my clothes (I put all my clothes in gallon size Ziploc bags to compress them and to keep dry in case of rain) on the other side of the bag. All my clothes for three days fit easily in the main compartment with the tent with room to spare. I also had room to put my cooking / eating ware inside the main compartment. There is a sleeve inside the main compartment for a hydration bladder with a hole at the top for the water tube to come out. I did not even use the two side pockets called bellow pockets on the outside of the main compartment. The bellow pockets lay flat unless in use where they would then expand out. They are approximately 12 inches long by 8 inches wide and can expand out about 6 inches. You could put your stove, fuel, food and water purifying system in the side pockets. The side (bellow) pockets open and close with an easy sliding zipper. On top of the pack there is an expandable, detachable top lid. It has two compartments. The larger of the two appears to be waterproof and is expandable. I was able to put a lot of miscellaneous stuff up there. You can easily access this compartment so it is good to keep nutrition, electronics, maps, rain cover (the rain cover comes with the pack and fits nicely over the pack and cinches tight around it), keys , etc up there. It easily detaches from the main pack by a single snap and can be worn as a fanny pack. On the front of the pack, there is a large front pocket that does not zip or close but can be cinched tight by the pull of a strap. Outside the pocket is what I call the spider bungee. I usually put my rain gear in there so I can get to it quickly when the rain sneaks up on me. There are ice axe holders next to the front pocket that I used to hold my trekking poles when I am not using them. On each side at the bottom are holders for Nalgene type water bottles that I could easily grab while I wore the pack. There are also several places on the inside and out to attach carabineers for hanging extras. Once you get everything in the pack, it all can be easily compressed with the two side compression straps. I am sure I have missed some of the features and will find them the more I use the pack and will report them to you as I find them.

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High Peak offers a winter sleeping bag that keeps you as warm and dry as an expedition bag, but without the high cost.
High Peak Mt.Ranier sleeping bag. Photo by Dan Sanchez

By Dan Sanchez

Winter camping and backpacking can be a challenge if you don’t have the right equipment. Mountaineering and expedition sleeping bags for example, are essential for keeping warm in 0-degree or -20-degree F. temperatures, but they’re often very expensive. But High Peak’s new Mt. Rainier sleeping bag comes at an affordable cost but still provides the warmth needed for a weekend of winter backpacking or a camping trip in the backcountry.

The High Peak Mt. Rainier is a mummy-style design that uses a double layer of Termolite Quallo insulation that is very effective in retaining body heat and stays warm even when wet. This insulation also dries much faster than down, but you won’t have much of a problem with that as it uses Amphibia PU 3000 fabric to keep it water and wind-proof. The fabric is breathable and allows any perspiration on your skin to evaporate, keeping you dry.

The top of the Mt. Rainier sleeping bag uses ripstop nylon, while the bottom is a nylon taffeta. The soft interior liner is an Infista Tactel nylon that also has a small pocket to keep personal items. Just like many mountaineering sleeping bags, the High Peak Mt. Rainier has an internal chest collar with a draw string and barrel lock, that helps keep your body heat from seeping out of the face opening.

The extra insuation in the head, along with the adjustable chest collar are some of the features found in a full expedition bag. The extra insulation in the head, along with the adjustable chest collar are some of the features found in a full expedition bag.

The extra insulation around the head is not only soft and comfortable, but also helps keep you warm. A draw-string closes the mummy bag around your face and helps keep the heat in. The Mt. Rainier also features a thermal collar to improve insulation around the neck area and we liked the draft tube along the side that keeps out the cold that can creep in along the zipper and prevents any body heat from escaping. All of the seams on this sleeping bag use a tape seal and the YKK zippers are heavy duty and feature a dual opening and anti-snag zipper band that makes it very easy to close with gloves on.

High Peak designed the sleeping bag so that two Mt. Rainier bags can be attached together, allowing you to snuggle up with your buddy. The bag measures 34?x86?x22? and comes in three temperature ratings, a 20-degree, 0-degree and -20 degree. Our test model was a 0-degree bag that we used in a two-man tent, with a Brooks-Range Alpini Sleeping Pad. Temperatures with snow on the ground dropped to -3 degrees and considering the bag is actually rated from 0 to -18-degrees F. the Mt. Ranier kept us very warm and comfortable all night.

The Mt. Rainer’s compression sack is made from 201D Oxford Nylon making it durable to withstand being stuffed in the back of your SUV or strapped to the bottom of your backpack. The stuff sack measures 18.1 inches long and about 9-inches in diameter with the bag inserted in it. The carrying weight is 4-lbs. 8-0z for the 0-degree bag, while the 20-degree bag weighs 3-lbs. 8-oz and the -20 degree bag weighs 5-lbs. 14-oz.

The Mt. Rainier is not tight fitting, but it also doesn’t allow much room to move around, especially in the foot area. Nevertheless, we felt very comfortable in the bag and although some mountaineering bags rated to -15 or -20 degrees F. have thicker or double chest collars, the Mt. Rainier proved to work fine if you’re under normal winter camping or backpacking conditions in mid to lower elevations.

Although we like the fact that the Mt. Rainier has many of the same characteristics of a mountaineering bag, keep in mind that it is not an expedition bag for high-alpine conditions. Yet, it can provide the weekend backpacker and camper excellent performance in the cold, but at a price that’s several hundred dollars less than what you would get in a true mountaineering bag that can retail as much as $500 or more. The High Peak Mt. Rainier retails around $125 and comes in orange and black combination. The 20-degree bag retails around $117 and the -20 degree bag retails around $145. For more information, visit