Crystal Davis Robbins is an Osprey Packs sponsored climber. She filed this report to Osprey last week, detailing her new routes in El Cajon de Arenales.
Six pitches off the ground we find ourselves surrounded by a dozen Condors circling in the sky. The more curious of these enormous birds, ranging to ten feet in wingspan, flies just above our heads to get a better look. El Cajon de Arenales is an extensive valley of granite walls and towers in the outskirts of Mendoza, Argentina. Unlike Patagonia in the South, the weather is usually spectacular. Deep blue skies contrast the red granite walls and stark dry landscape. Climbs in this zone consist of multi-pitch alpine routes up to 500m and technical sport climbing.
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Davis Robbins relies on the Osprey Talon 44 for her fast and light adventures.
Of all the packs I have used, the Talon 44 has been the best all- around adventure pack for my excursions. Whether it is a cragging day in Arenales, a four-day backpacking trip into the mountains of Patagonia, or a two day ascent of the Fitz Roy, the Talon is the pack for me. It is extremely light and compact for “fast and light” ascents of alpine summits. However when I need space, I can fit all of my approach gear (food, sleeping bag, clothes) in the bag, avoiding having to carry two bags to the base of my objectives. The simplicity of the bag is its greatest strength, it has no unneeded bells and whistles. The Talon 44 goes everywhere with me.