When you’re planning your next mountain trip, you invariably have to answer the lifelong question of what equipment to bring with you. How much do you need to bring with you? What do you need on day trips and on multi-day trips? How big should your rucksack be?

I’d like to tell you about my day and multi-day trips, and I’ll try to answer your questions as best I can.

My day trip

You don’t always have to go on a multi-day trip to enjoy the mountains. Sometimes you don’t have enough time for a longer trip, or the weather forecast isn’t good enough.My favourite place to go hiking is 1 hour south of Munich.

It’s a beautiful hike from Wackersberg up to the Heiglkopf and the Zwieselberg. This hiking route is south of Bad Tölz, take around 3 hours to complete and offers amazing views of the Isar valley. And if you’re looking for a physical challenge, don’t worry, this hike involves a 675 m climb.

What do I take with me on a day trip?

When hiking, you need to strike a balance between being prepared for any eventuality and travelling light. My tip is to be really careful with weight. Carrying too much weight can seriously hinder your progress and turn a fun trip into a drag. In addition to my clothes and shoes, these are the things I always take with me on a hike:
► Raincoat ► Insulating jacket (cold weather only)
► Outdoor top ► Energy bars and packed lunch
► Enough water ► Pocket knife & phone
► Trekking poles (optional) ► First aid kit
► Suncream ► Blister plasters

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What rucksack for a day trip?

For single-day hiking trips, I recommend using a smaller rucksack, like the Osprey Mutant 22. This rucksack offers a volume capacity of around 22 litres and has a large opening at the top. It comes with a big main compartment - either keep your equipment in here or store a hydration bladder with a drinking tube. You have another inside pocket in the lid of the bag, it’s perfect for a pocket knife, blister plasters and energy bars. There are two fastening loops on the outside of the bag that serve for fastening hiking poles or an ice pick. Apart from that, you’ll find several straps here and there, so you can fasten climbing rope or a helmet.

My multi-day trip

Now I’d like to tell you about the trip I did last Sunday. I’d strongly recommend this route for experienced mountaineers and ice climbers. The hike begins at the very end of the Pitz valley and takes you up past the Taschachhaus mountain refuge, over Petersenspitze (3482 m) and up to Wildspitze (3768 m).
It takes around 3 hours to get to Pitz valley from Munich. Once you’re in the valley, follow the comfortable forest path for approximately 3 hours. The end of the path is a little steeper and leads you to the Taschachhaus hut.

At the hut, you can enjoy some amazing views of the glacier. Stay the night at the refuge to make this a multi-day trip. During my trip, I woke up at 3 am after sleeping at the hut and set off straight away. If, like me, you set off before sunrise, remember to bring a good headlamp with you, so you can see the rocks and gravel on the way to the glacier. I travelled in a group, and together we followed a ditch to get to the glacier below the Petersenspitze summit. After an hour’s walk on the glacier, we found the wonderful ice wall of the north face of the Petersenspitze. Osprey Mutant Bergtour 1.5 hours of ice climbing later we were enjoying amazing weather and wonderful views atop the Petersenspitze. Waking up early had paid off. We wanted to carry on, so we continued along the glacier until coming up to the north face of the Wildspitze. The weather held up while we were climbing this ice wall too, which meant that we found ourselves on top of the second highest summit in Austria by around midday. Time for lunch!

After lunch, we began our descent. We followed the glacier back down to the Taschachhaus hut and were soon back at the parking lot from there. Our trip lasted a total of around 15 hours. We climbed about 2,000 metres, 450 of which up ice. It was an exhausting mountain trip but well worth the effort.

What do you need to bring on a multi-day trip?

I actually took Osprey’s 22-litre Mutant rucksack with me on my multi-day trip to the Wildspitze too. I was really impressed with how much I could fit in it. Apart from an emergency bivvy, an ice pick and my single-day trip essentials, I brought quite a lot more with me too. The 22-litre capacity Mutant managed to hold all of this: 60 m rope, sunglasses, ice screws, safety equipment, snap links, webbing sling and climbing belt. A storage miracle!

It is recommended, however, to bring a bigger bag along for longer trips as an addition to your hiking rucksack, so you can easily carry all of your equipment. I tend to opt for Osprey’s Rolling Transporter. Uneven forest paths are no match for the bag’s big wheels, and the HighRoad frame makes the bag suited to slightly more challenging terrain. In the Osprey Rolling Transporter, you can pack everything else you might need. It’ll fit a (mountain refuge) sleeping bag, jogging pants, a fleece jacket, a toiletries bag and a towel. The main compartment opens at the side, like a suitcase, to allow you to pack and unpack easily. All of the straps, handles and fastenings built into the Osprey Rolling Transporter ensure everything stays in place, even when you’re on a bumpy road. For longer outdoor trips, simply pack the Osprey Mutant 22L into the Rolling Transporter to ensure you have everything you need on the go.

If you’re travelling instead of mountain climbing, the Osprey Rolling Transporter is perfect for you too. The 40-litre trolley was designed to comply with cabin luggage size restrictions on most European and global flight companies. Its low weight also means you can pack it to the brim without going over the weight allowance.