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I have a feeling this can come in handy but I don't know why exactly has this been provided. enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here

  • @Erik I added another picture to the question. Is that the angle you asked for? The pack is Walkabout 65 from Halti, a respectable local brand from Finland. Not sure if this model is still available. – Arsalan Ahmed Jul 11 '17 at 12:51
  • No I was looking for the opposite side as the one you just posted. – Erik Jul 11 '17 at 12:52
  • @Erik lol, total misunderstanding on my part. You can google the model and find images for it very easily. Anyways now I know I can even ignore this as it might not be too useful for me. I wasn't using the bag efficiently till now e.g. tying the sleeping pad to the bottom of the pack while it is designed to carry the pad on the top as it shows in the picture. This made me wonder if I was doing other things wrong as well? – Arsalan Ahmed Jul 11 '17 at 13:02
  • No worries about the camera angle. Maybe I can't see the same Google results as you because I'm in Idaho, or because I don't speak Finnish. I can't seem to find anything online except this which doesn't show that cord. – Erik Jul 11 '17 at 13:10
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The real range of answers is only limited by your imagination. There are an innumerable amount of things you can do with a spare bit of cordage. One use that I can see for it in your picture is as a replacement for your rubber band around the tent poles.

The most likely intended use is to secure the sharp end of an ice tool. The nylon loop at the bottom right of your second picture is to secure the head of the ice tool. If you threaded the head of the tool through there it would probably just reach the abrasion resistant batch that the cord in question is mounted. This would also allow the compression strap to secure the handle of the ice tool, and keep the sharp bottom end of the ice tool firmly next to the extra thick abrasion resistant patch. Granted this would also point the sharp end of the ice tool towards your arms which probably isn't ideal....


The OP posted a comment that identified the pack as a Walkabout 65 made by Halti. I wasn't able to find that exact pack on their website, but I did find their Discover 45 pack.

Discover 45 pack detail

As you can see they have the same type of cord directly above the tool loop like I'd expect to secure the end of ice tools. I think the apparent forward angle I saw in the OP's photo was an artifact, and the cord is for securing the end of an ice tool.

  • I had the same thought: This is used on many packs for ice-axe fastening, but I have never seen it at such an odd position. Would be interesting if there was any definite instructions for that particular pack on what this is for and/or how to use this. – imsodin Jul 11 '17 at 7:42
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    @imsodin I agree with everything you said, which is why I asked for the name of the pack in a comment above. This is what makes the most sense to me at the moment but it is odd enough to make me wonder what I might be missing. – Erik Jul 11 '17 at 7:43
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Given that it is above the mesh pocket at the side, my guess is that it is for walking/ski poles.

If you need to put the poles away for a short time (for example, a traverse using your ice axe, a river crossing), you don't need to go to the trouble of loosening the compression straps (the ones holding the tent poles in the photos above).

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