Alpine Packs are famous for their simplicity,
fail-safe ruggedness, and outstanding performance level. They have
been used on many Expeditions around the world over the last 30
years and have adapted well to general backpacking. McHale
Packs are Custom Made entirely in Seattle Washington.
If you insist
on minimum pack weights, McHale Packs offers these ultra-light packs.
You may be able to find even lighter packs, but consider the mechanical
advantage McHale Packs offer. Our packs comfortably carry more weight
per cubic inch of volume and per ounce of weight. People that go
out regularly year after year know that pack performance trumps
pack weight. These are not fragile packs. They are made from our
standard selection of tough US made and quality imported fabrics
( we tear test all of our fabrics to make sure they meet our standards
) and are built to our reliable high standards.
Back in the mid 80s we called our climbing rucksack 'rocksac'. This
is were the acronym SARC came from: Super
with McHale Super-Sarc packs in the North Cascades near Eldorado
Peak in 1992 . Jim Nelson and Mark Bebier checking out the McAlester
Glacier. Jim and Mark did the 2nd ascent of the Infinite Spur
on Mt. Foraker in 13 days in 1989 with McHale Super Sarcs. Over
20 years later people are still choosing S-Sarcs when they want
the ULTIMATE in reliability and performance. Dan McHale photos.
on the images below for detail pages
- Everything you see in photos below
is an option and can be mixed and matched on any volume of pack.
To help figure volume compared to a pack you currently have, click
Volumes - Go Figure! Start with volume then add to
that from example features in any pack photo. It is far easier
to start with examples like those below and add or subtract features
from them. Any feature that is seen on one pack can be applied
on any other pack with few exceptions. P&G
Bayonet Frame Extensions - example photo click here.....
are on the detail pages
after you click the thumbnail images below. For pack accessories
click here or at top right corner of page at Sarc
all the new fabrics hitting the market, add-on prices for UHMWPE
is in flux. We tend to dye these fabrics and that adds dollars,
but the prices are now much lower than during our 'Spectra laminated
to DCF' days. DCF is 'CubenFiber' or Non-Woven Dyneema. Base
price includes all regular fabrics and Spectra 'Grid' fabrics.
examples below - click images.
38 , LBP
P&G 37, 39 click images or numbers - LBP