This July we celebrated our 10th year of creating lifelong companions for conscious travellers. This got us thinking about all the journeys our bags have experienced over this time, mapped out by our global community. We wanted to learn more, so we’ve re-connected with some familiar faces to discover the stories they’ve collected with their bag by their side.
Cardiff-based landscape photographer, Daniel Alford, has travelled all over the world with his Smith the Roll Pack 25L - a travel companion to share in every unforgettable moment he captures.
Words & Photography by Daniel Alford | @danielalford
Travel is a very important part of my life, even when I’m at home in Wales. Nothing excites me more than travel's uncertainty and unpredictable nature. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit some incredible places over the last two years, with Smith the Roll Pack as my essential travel companion - as well as my camera of course.
Smith has searched high and wide with me in Northern Spain for the elusive Cantabrian brown bears and explored hidden coves and beaches around the beautiful Welsh coastline. It has camped with me on top of mountains on long lazy summer days and admired the view from the top of the rock of Gibraltar.
Smith has patiently waited and watched me scan the oceans for Dolphins or hope to catch a glimpse of badgers, foxes and deer in the timeless forests of Wiltshire. It has been with me among the ghostly giants of Glencoe, with the mountains looming over us full of scars and secrets of the ages.
For a day of adventuring, Smith is perfect, and I’ve grown very fond it living on my back - not that I would notice it being there most of the time. As well as being very comfy to wear, it's tough too.
My Smith has taken everything that's been thrown at it; from the worst of heavy and ice cold highland rain to the ash and dust of an ancient volcano in Greece - which I’m sure is still marked into the canvas.
I really love objects that look better as they age, and with Smith it’s certainly the case.
My fondest memory has to be when I took my Smith the Roll Pack on an epic road trip around the wild Scottish coastline. After a long day of photography and driving, at night, we made our way to the beach at John O’Groats where you could see out to the lighthouses on Orkney. In anticipation, I looked out and up to the sky for what would be one of the most beautiful things I'll ever see - darkness exploding in colour. Green jets rose endlessly into space and glowing pinks and purples dance at the fringes across the sky.
Smith is my always primary daypack choice and it's been great to see more and more of them around the city over the last couple of years - much cleaner and fresher than my Smith, they are waiting for memories to be etched in their canvas.