Drop No.2 was all about improving user experience and comfort while wearing a fully loaded pack for long periods. July and August had been dedicated to studio time developing and testing design ideas on the sewing machine. By the final week of August, it was time to put the final prototype through its paces.
For Testing my brother Spencer and I mapped a challenging 27k route across the Snowdon range where we would be guiding 3 guys on their first ever mountain hike!
The route ascended Watkins Path to Snowdon Peak, descended the Pyg Track followed by Miners Track, before ascending once more up to Lliwedd Bach, traversing along the cliff line then descending Watkins Path back to Llyn Dinas. If you fancy trying this beast of a walk then do not to trust OS maps which will tell you the route is 18k, we tracked it live and it is most definitely 27k. The route features around 4 scrambles both ascending and descending, all grade 1 but the last 2 are a little more technical and quite long.
This was one of the most fun and challenging days I have spent hiking in the UK and the Packs held up perfectly. Both spencer’s pack and mine remained comfortable during the 9 hours we hiked, each pack holding 1kg of gear (mainly snacks) on our fronts.