Note: Many of these articles are very old, and although the technical information is still relevant the equipment mentioned may not be (for example a Stormy cooker was state of that art in 1995, but not in 2021).
Haul bags are used to store all the equipment necessary to complete a climb, and are generally used when the weight of this equipment would be too heavy to be carried by the climbers themselves, necessitating hauling. Due to the abrasive nature of hauling heavy equipment over abrasive rock, haul bags are generally constructed out of super tough vinyl or ballistic material, with all components being very burly. Even so, careful packing is still necessary in order to give the bag a useful lifespan. All bags can either be set up in rucksack mode, with shoulder straps and hip belt, or stripped down for hauling, with all straps tucked inside the bag so as to give it a smooth bullet shape. Bags come in three general sizes, small (50+ Litres), suitable for day routes, or as a secondary gear bag. Medium, suitable for routes of about 6 man days (100 litres +/GRADE VI), or longer if each climber has their own bag, or massive (200 Litres/Grade VII) walls, suitable for about 12 man days (say two person team embarking on a route longer then a week), or
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