I find I'm gravitating toward lighter and lighter backpacks. In the climbing/technical category, Black Diamond's excellent Quantum remains my favorite overnight pack, but unfortunately it is discontinued. The Mission is perhaps an adequate replacement. In the ultralight/speed category, both the Osprey Exos and the Mammut Creon Light are fine choices.

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Andy Lewicky

ANDY LEWICKY is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer who enjoys good books, jasmine tea, long walks in the rain, and climbing and skiing the big peaks of the California Sierra. email | follow