Mountain Tested Mondays: Patagonia Ascensionist Pack 30L

We all know Patagonia. We all love Patagonia. And now my love affair has blossomed with a new vigor after testing out the Patagonia Ascensionist 30L.

My boyfriend and I hadn’t gotten to get outdoors for a few weeks and we were feeling antsy and anxious, itching to breathe in some fresh air. It was oddly warm on a January Saturday in New England so we decided to do what every couple likes to do on a normal Saturday; go search for rock climbs we can tick off while others are ice climbing next to us.

We went up to Rumney, NH to grab some granite, and we found a few relatively dry pitches. It wasn’t the perfect conditions, and we didn’t know if we would be able to find anything, so I also brought all of my hiking stuff as well – which all fit into the same pack.

My Take on the Patagonia Ascensionist 30L

I’ve never had a Patagonia bag and I was very excited to test out the Ascensionist. This pack is great because it is streamlined and efficient, not to mention great quality.


This pack has a ton of space – a huge, open main compartment. I brought all of my hiking gear with me and was able to stuff everything in the same compartment. Not to mention, I recently went on a work trip to Denver and was able to fit everything for 4 days in this one pack.


The great thing about the Ascensionist is how versatile it is. There are a ton of ice axe and trekking pole loops, as well as loops to carry all of your climbing equipment. This pack is well-equipped for any day at the crag or the mountain.


The padding on this bag was very comfortable and the straps formed nicely to my shoulders. I had quite a bit in the pack and I never felt weighed down while we were heading to the crag.

Overall Rating

On a scale rating the best vehicles to camp in, with 1 being a Smart Car and 5 being a BMW Sprinter Van, I would give this pack a 3, or a Subaru Outback. It has a ton of space in the ‘trunk’ and you’re able to use it for basically anything, while still having all the functionality that you would need for your adventures.

Explore Inspired founder, Jonathan Ronzio, already started his love affair with the Patagonia Ascensionist, and now mine has finally begun.

Keep following Explore Inspired’s #MountainTestedMondays series for more gear reviews from our entire team of mountain athletes as we move forward in 2018!

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Emily Holland
Emily Holland

Co-Host, The Stokecast

Lover of all things outside. My life is mountains, rocks, running, dogs, fitness, & music. NY born, Boulder-based.

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