Surly's Krampus might just be the most capable hardtail you'll ever throw a leg over. Rigid or suspension fork, fully loaded or ultra minimalist, this 29+ steel pony will do it all with an evil grin.
Plenty of attachment points for all your racks, cages and other widgets. Modern trail geo that isn't too slack or floppy. Solid build kit that won't break the bank but also won't leave you hanging. If you're looking for a trail bike that can also get you out on quick overnights or multi-day journeys the Krampus is your chariot.