“If you hauled beer up this rock, you’re insane!” Jonathan Hemlock, a.k.a. Clint Eastwood, said when Ben Bowman offered him a drink in The Eiger Sanction.
“I may be insane, but I’m not stupid,” Bowman replied. “I didn’t carry it, you did! It’s in your pack.”
Climbing and après-climbing beverages go together like, well, beers in a beer tube.
The Mountainsmith Cooler Tube is exactly what it sounds like—an insulated tube with a shoulder strap, designed to carry a wizard-staff of cans. It can hold a sixer or, if you are bouldering in a tropical paradise such as Virgin Gorda, two bottles of Cruzan rum.
Best part? The Cooler Tube fits into a crash pad (also good for extra insulation). If you’re not bouldering, throw the sling over your shoulder and carry it to the crag or … even the top of a desert tower.
This article originally appeared in Rock and Ice issue 236 (August 2016).