Slope to Shore: Tatum Monod packs for all kinds of fun


Tatum Monod is best known for her freeskiing exploits, but in the summer she rarely travels without a fly rod.

The Canadian skier had to fly to LA to work with a sponsor, and she decided to add sun and surf to her itinerary. It was the opportunity to have a summer adventure before coming home and staying in quarantine for 2 weeks.

Monod has also tested the latest luggage, duffel bags, and backpack from the YETI Crossroads collection. We asked her how she packed her bags for the trip and what bags she used the most.

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Skier and fisherman

Tatum monod started fly fishing before learning to ski at the “late” age of 12. Freeskier recognized her as the Skier of the year in 2014 and 2017, an award obtained through a survey of other athletes. In 2015, she was named People’s Choice freeskier.

All winter she chases fresh powder and when that chase dries up she always comes back to fly fishing. She packs a rod and reel on all her trips that might give her the opportunity to use it.

As a YETI Ambassador, she received a suite of the brand’s latest bags. She used the Panga bags during the ski season and always incorporates new additions like the Crossroads 29 ″ into his daily life and his travels

We caught up with Monod while she was staying on the coast of Huatulco, in the state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, to see what she carries on a multi-stop trip where business, surfing and fishing are on the program.

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Coastal packing

Monod offers all YETI Crossroads luggage and backpacks. To pack her bags for multiple activities on a trip with multiple stops, she chose the largest luggage and the largest backpack.

It’s the Carrefour 35L backpack and the Crossroads 29 “luggage with the rollers, which is verified. (The smaller 22-inch Crossroads luggage is sized to meet more carry-on restrictions.)

She says bringing the larger backpack on this trip was a no-brainer.

“To travel to and from the airport, I use the backpack every day. I will use it as a beach or city bag or for surfing for fishing. It’s cute, I love the external zipper on the backpack that you can put an entire water bottle in, and you don’t have to open the whole bag to access it, ”he said. -she explains. “This is probably my favorite function. It’s so simple but so useful.

Monod praised the removable external straps, which she used to carry her rods through the airport and on the plane. She said her fly rods, regular three-piece rods, wouldn’t fit in luggage – or any other luggage she’s ever owned, “Which is good. I guess if they lost my luggage it would be pretty sickening to lose those canes as well. “

This trip was all about surfing so she saved up fishing for after or when the surf is flat. The area is not exactly known for surf fishing, especially fly fishing.

“I’ll fish if the surf is a bit ‘meh’ and there’s a real point I can cast from or a beach I can put streamers on. But the expectations are not too high. It’s not like Baja where he is known for his cock fishing. I’m just figuring it out for myself.

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“Typical” packing list

So what does a typical day at the beach look like for Monod? Since she is likely to surf and fish, she packs her bags for both.

Carrefour 35L backpack: The essentials of fly fishing

“I don’t have to compromise depending on what the day brings here,” she said. “I usually have a fly rod outside, then a big one Hiker in the quick-access pocket.

On this trip, she used the modular compression straps of her Carrefour 35L backpack join a Sage fly rod case carry a Redington of weight 8 and a weight 9 Sage Salt HD Cane.

Inside the bag she was carrying typical beach items and, of course, the rest of her fly fishing gear.

“I have my Sun glasses, sunscreen, keys on the small cord in the accessory pocket. Inside I have a few fly boxes, a tip, my reel, batteries and all that for fishing, then I have my surf wax, towel, swimsuit, snacks, etc.

Specifically, his fishing configuration used Tippet RIO, a Sage Specter Coil, and hand-tied Clouser minnows for saltwater flies.

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Carrefour 35L backpack: Necessities of the day of surfing

Monod switches from fly fishing to surfing depending on location and weather conditions, but the Crossroads backpack is still his go-to when it comes to packing for surfing.

To ride the waves, she brings her surfboard for the trip, a Haydenshapes Hypto Krypto (5’9 ″). Since the hike to the beach and fishing spots is not entirely soft sand, she wears a raincoat Arc’teryx FL GTX Shoes instead of sandals.

She said the backpack was resistant to the dirt, sand, salt water and mud she had dragged it into on hikes and days at the beach.

“It’s a tough and sort of oversized vehicle. It takes muscles to get in and out of the bags, but again, in five or 10 years when you use it again, it will be worth it, ”she explained. “It is also easy to clean. “

Crossroads Travel Bags: Daily travel needs

Monod discovered utility in the Crossroads Travel Bags back home during the off-season skiing.

“These things are sweet. I found it to be more of an everyday thing. I’ll throw the equipment in one if I’m going to camp for a night or two or just a daytime activity, ”Monod said.

“I love the little dividers in there, so it doesn’t have to be in bags or cubes. Sometimes it’s nice to just throw things in there while being organized. “

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This article is sponsored by YÉTI. Learn more about the Crossroads Collection of luggage, bags and backpacks.

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