This pack is provides all the features required for climbing, with the volume to hold equipment for the long haul. It contains one large main pocket, which can be accessed from the top and the side to maximize accessibility and prevent the black hole effect. It has an adjustable canting waiststrap for maximum comfort. The straps are highly adjustable so that it can fir most people. It includes a shovel pocket, a bungee cord, and dogpatches on the top and bottom, as well as adjustable ice ax loops with their velcro straps. There are also side velcro straps to carry straps in an a-frame, and pass behind mesh water bottle pockets so that skis can be carried at the same time as water bottles. Finally the nicest feature are the two side pockets that are located adjacent to the waist strap and are very handy for stashing that you my need on the trail without taking you pack off.