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ATOM PACKS - A TEN-YEAR JOURNEY OVER 12,000 MILES

As all good adventures do, this story begins with a book. I set off on the Appalachian trail in the spring of 2009 like so many others with 60lbs (28kg) on my back after having read Bill Bryson's "A walk in the woods". I knew absolutely nothing about what I was getting myself into and some nine years, seven thru hikes and 12,000 miles later and I'm still hiking, not just for pleasure but as a professionally certified UK Mountain Leader.

THE TE ARAROA

On the Te Araroa in late 2013, some 5,000 miles into this journey, I examined a lightweight pack that belonged to a featherweight hiker named GH Supertramp. It was the most simply made thing I had ever seen yet he’d paid an outstandingly high price for it. It was brilliantly designed but its simplicity led me to think I could have a try at making one too. He was tall, like me, and complained that the hip-belt was far too high – at 6ft7 a problem I find with almost any standard pack on the market.

"I EMERGED WITH A MONSTER"

Fast forward a few months and my partner at the time and I were sleeping in the spare room of a friend’s house whilst we found our feet post trail in Kendal, Cumbria. This friend, Suzie, owned a sewing machine and, with her careful guidance and infinite patience, I destroyed a few square yards of fabric and levelled most of the ground floor of the house. After several hours (or even days) of swearing, I emerged with a backpack. It was a monster, a hideous creation of indescribable horror, its seams uneven, ugly and unbound, there was little beauty to be found in the thing but, that said, I have never been more proud of anything in my life.


I quickly realised it was a prototype for the next pack I now had to build and there started the process that is still ongoing today.


"I believe in what we do and I stand by what we make"

Emma Kelty

Emma Kelty at the end of her unsupported journey to the south pole