GEAR REVIEW: Black Diamond Creek 35

The Technicians Rigging Pack

Black Diamond is not a company many would associate with the arbor, technical rescue or rope access worlds and yet they manufacturer one of the best options for a mobile rope bag and rigging pack out there: The Creek 35.

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A Near Perfect Internal Volume

The 35 liter volume is ideal for carrying group or personal rescue gear, the shoulder straps and waist belt are well padded for carrying heavy loads over distance, and the water proof and abrasion resistant fabric (TPU coated) just feels burley.

150 feet of 11mm Sterling WorkPro rope

150 feet of 11mm Sterling WorkPro rope

300 ft of 11mm Sterling WorkPro. Still loads of room for all of your other mainline rigging needs.

300 ft of 11mm Sterling WorkPro. Still loads of room for all of your other mainline rigging needs.

Fills about a third of the packs volume and leaves plenty of room to spare.

Fills about a third of the packs volume and leaves plenty of room to spare.

As a personal rigging bag, the Creek 35 easily transports all of your rope access kit to the job site.

As a personal rigging bag, the Creek 35 easily transports all of your rope access kit to the job site.

The Features Are Spot On

The features are straightforward and highlight the fundamental needs of a quality rigging pack. This pack is ideal for just about anyone engaged in rope work.

Full length side zipper that cinches shut with a draw cord. This makes stacking your ropes much, much easier.

Full length side zipper that cinches shut with a draw cord. This makes stacking your ropes much, much easier.

Essential reading materials for the worksite.

Essential reading materials for the worksite.

1 large exterior pocket that houses 2 smaller pockets. These pockets are super practical for additional items.

1 large exterior pocket that houses 2 smaller pockets. These pockets are super practical for additional items.

Even with the main compartment totally full the outer pockets are large enough to contain additional hardware.

Even with the main compartment totally full the outer pockets are large enough to contain additional hardware.

A rigid bottom allows for the pack to freely stand upright. An essential function when using the pack as a traditional rope bag

A rigid bottom allows for the pack to freely stand upright. An essential function when using the pack as a traditional rope bag

Once the lid is cinched up a nice pocket forms that perfectly fits your hard-hat.

Once the lid is cinched up a nice pocket forms that perfectly fits your hard-hat.

A top strap helps to keep the helmet or other items secured. The rated haul loops allow you to trail the pack behind you as you ascend.

A top strap helps to keep the helmet or other items secured. The rated haul loops allow you to trail the pack behind you as you ascend.

500 feet of 11 mm Sterling WorkPro in the main compartment. There’s still enough room at the top of the pack for miscellaneous rigging items.

500 feet of 11 mm Sterling WorkPro in the main compartment. There’s still enough room at the top of the pack for miscellaneous rigging items.

A subtle yet important feature: A completely full main compartment does not invade, and thereby eliminate, the space of the outer pocket.

A subtle yet important feature: A completely full main compartment does not invade, and thereby eliminate, the space of the outer pocket.

Conclusion

For personal or team rescue/access kits the Creek 35 checks all of the boxes. Its comfortable, functional, and its volume is right on the money. Its become my go to pack for rigging of all varieties.