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extravertI was going to say around 24l but if that's already too small for you I guess 30? I have the Float 32 which feels a bit too big for a normal day. All it needs to hold is an extra layer, food, 2l water, radio, and safety gear. In my 32 I have in addition fit a sleeping bag, extra clothes, and a stove.
byuboundI have an HMG pack that I use for ice climbing. Mine is the giant 70L because I use it pretty much any time I have to haul tons of gear, but the 40L would be a solid option. The roll top means it will compress really well when you aren't maxing the capacity, and the straps work really well for tools and crampons.
Hellbrook_LabsFor the 40l do you think that I will be too big for a someone who is short like 5'6"
Hellbrook_Labsdo you really think I can use a 24l for 12 hours of touring/mountaineering?
Hellbrook_LabsI've heard that a 35 is good for what I'm doing but do you really think I can use a 24l for 12 hours of touring/mountaineering? I think that with the crampons, an extra layer plus all of the food and water that I need to bring I'd need 30l at minimum.