Originally Posted by Bob Peters
With your permission, I'll offer a slightly different interpretation.
Mr. Steezeless is obviously an actual climber (and skier) of snow-covered mountains. Everything about his getup is functional and geared toward arriving at the top of a major peak while remaining dry, warm (but not TOO warm), and safe. After a long and arduous ascent, during which he has the gear and the training to cope with whatever curveballs the elements might throw at him, he's got everything he needs to ski back down. Also, the photo appears to have been taken primarily for the purpose of chronicling the fact that he was somewhere OUT there.
As opposed to Mr. Steeze-to-the-Max...
Whose obviously posed photo was probably taken ten yards from the top of a lift (or maybe he just got out of the helicopter). If he got into an actual snowstorm, whatever he's got in that tiny little pack would probably allow him to survive about fifteen minutes. I'd be surprised if there's room for much more than a Red Bull in that pack. On the plus side, if the weather gets bad, he'll make a very stylish, very steezeful yellow-and-tan frozen popsicle.
Au contraire Mr Peters I would have to disagree with you.
For, you see, Mr. Steeze-free may indeed be a climber of snow covered peaks, but that snow covered peak is Mt. Hood, the long and arduous ascent of which usually involves a car and two chairlifts before the skis ever go on the pack. Disregarding the numerous people who shoulder their skis to the summit from the top of the Palmer lift, you say that he is prepared for any curveball the mountain may through at him. Is he? Mr. Steeze-free is about to descend a glacier. Seracs, Crevases, and Bergshrunds Oh My! Where is his harness?
Mr. Steezy on the other hand has a smaller pack but one that is still sufficient in my opinion. I have one similar and can easily carry my avalanche saftey gear; a survival kit, which includes a spaceblanket; my super packable 850 fill down jacket (which I never wear, only keep for emergencies.); A large camel back filled with Gatorade; my well stocked first aid kit; an extra fleece; a hat; duct tape; parachute cord; superglue; extra gloves; sunglasses; 2 pairs of liner gloves; enough calories worth of food to keep me going for 2 days; and my skins which Mr. Steezy is obviously not using due to his choice of bindings + more. So, you see, I would not judge him on the size of the pack, you can fit quite a bit in a small pack if you know how pack well. On the other hand why even bother with what I i can fit in my pack? Mr. Steezy is a UIAGM Alpine guide so I would assume that he knows what goes in his pack. I would also venture that he wanders farther than 10 yds from the top of the lift.
Same pack it would appear. No professional photo slutting. I'd also venture to say more than 10 yds from a lift, wouldnt you Mr. Peters?