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The Hero's Journey

Coming Soon

The Hero's Journey is currently in development. We'll be posting design updates here.

Debut scheduled for September 27th 2016.

Be notified when this design is ready to ship.

Side Pocket (each): 10" x 7" x 2.4" / 260 x 170 x 60; 150 cubic in / 2.5 liters

Choose your own Hero's Journey: take a season to travel the world; fly to Switzerland and walk hut-to-hut; take the train to Denali for some camping and hiking. Wherever you go, The Hero's Journey travel backpack would love to come along. It takes the carry-on, hands-free, wheel-free independence for which our convertible travel bags are famous and adds features that will make long walks and even multi-day backpacking trips enjoyable.
We've done our part: now it's your turn to fill in the blanks and tell us where your Hero's Journey leads.

Design Updates and Timeline

  • December 1976
    Tom travels around Europe to visit friends and family using an external frame backpack; knows there must be a better tool.
  • 2002
    Tom designs the Aeronaut (the bag he wishes he had back in 1976).
  • 2014
    Tom designs The Guide's Pack, for which he develops an innovative internal frame sheet: segmented into individual lobes, the frame sheet attaches firmly inside of The Guide's Pack.
  • Mid 2014
    Tom conceives of a bag like the Aeronaut but with an internal frame like The Guide's Pack. A bag that he could take on short backpacking trips or hut-to-hut hiking, a bag that wouldn't raise eyebrows checking into in a nice hotel, or on the streets of Zurich.
  • Late 2014
    Tom further imagines that this new backpack could be a two-part system, composed of a maximum carry-on bag and a zip-off top pocket that functions as an in-flight "personal item" bag.
  • Early 2015
    “I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I've never met an ordinary man, woman or child.” ― A quote by Joseph Campbell, whose work inspired the name of The Hero's Journey.
  • January 2015
    Tom creates his first sketches of what will become The Hero's Journey.
  • February 2015
    Pattern making on The Hero's Journey begins.
  • 03/2015-08/2015
    Tom sews the first prototypes of The Hero’s Journey in his design studio; he adds a padded hip belt.
  • July 2015
    Tom begins seemingly endless iterations of the zip-off top pocket.
  • August 2015
    Designs the padded hip belt to detach from the main pack; using the lash strap points, the padded hip belt can attach to zip-off top pocket to covert it to a lumbar pack.
  • September 2015
    Fully loaded Hero's Journey takes first first trip into the mountains – all signs good.
  • October 2015
    More fully loaded hikes with The Hero’s Journey.
  • January 2016
    Design work begins on a specially sized sleeping bag stuff sack that fits into the Hero's Journey lower sleeping bag compartment.
  • February 2016
    Tom adds functionality to the zip-off top pocket; it can now be carried four ways (waist pack, shoulder bag, backpack, or by its handle).
  • March 2016
    Design of the optional side pockets completed.
  • April 2016
    Tom builds first pre-pre-production samples with Lisa and Fong at our factory and headquarters in Seattle.
  • April 2016-July 2016
    Tom makes minor modifications and refinements to the design and its patterning.
  • July 2016
    Will be introduced in two colors: Black Halcyon/Northwest Sky or Black Halcyon/Nordic Halcyon/Northwest Sky.
  • 08/15/2016
    First batch of The Hero’s Journey is cut at the factory. 
  • 08/16/2016
    Production begins on The Hero’s Journey.
  • 08/23/2016
    The Hero’s Journey page (this page!) debuts. It’s filled with hints: see The Hero’s Journey Forum thread for more on how to find them. Pages for the Sleeping Bag Stuff Sack and Pocket Travel Pillow also debut. We share our favorite Lower 48 hut-hiking and hike-in trips with everyone.
  • 08/25/2016
    We develop an internal checklist to make sure we include the accessories that will be included with each Hero's Journey. See: Hero's Journey Checklist on Instagram.
  • 08/28/2016
    Darcy takes The Hero’s Journey on an overnight backpacking trip with the dogs; lashes a Skookum Dog Camp Mat to the outside. Works on perfecting her packing list for an upcoming trip.
  • 08/30/2016
    More hints and information is added to The Hero’s Journey page. Tom’s blog post about pattern making is published.
  • 08/31/2016
    Production begins on The Pocket Travel Pillow.
  • 09/02/2016
    Production of The Hero's Journey continues: here, Victor sews the optional (included) side handles.
  • 09/06/2016
    Production begins on the Sleeping Bag Stuff Sack. Hero's Journey page is updated with more hints. Kristian's photo essay is published on the blog.

More timeline entries will be added over the next weeks; stay tuned.

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