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Vintage Camping and Backpacking Times

The 1970s was the golden decade of backpacking! Eric Ryback hiked the PCT and the CDT, and wrote two books that fired our passion to chase his footsteps. The evolution of camping gear was moving forward at incredible speed with new technology, ideas, fabrics, and equipment to outfit the adventurous spirit in all of us chasing the dream of the wilderness experience, over 30 years ago. This is a glimpse into the golden age of backpacking, and into my closet of dusty and moldy old camping gear. I'm also adding some cast iron cooking gear used in the early 1900s in old logging camps.
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Griswold Cast Iron Cook Ware from Erie, Pennsylvania
:: Griswold Cast Iron Cook Ware from Erie, Pennsylvania ::
North Face Pole Sleeve Oval 1979
North Face Pole Sleeve Oval 1979
North Face Pole Sleeve Oval 1979
North Face Pole Sleeve Oval 1979
North Face Pole Sleeve Oval 1979
North Face Pole Sleeve Oval 1979
North Face Pole Sleeve Oval 1979
North Face Pole Sleeve Oval 1979
North Face Oval Intention 1976
North Face Oval Intention 1976
TNF Logo
TNF Logo
Seiad Valley PCT Trail head June 21, 1976 - my first day on the PCT!
Seiad Valley PCT Trail head June 21, 1976 - my first day on the PCT!
Stateline along the old PCT
Stateline along the old PCT
Rest break on Grider Creek PCT
Rest break on Grider Creek PCT
Pamelia Lake trail 1977
Pamelia Lake trail 1977
Rest break on PCT 1977 -  Russell Creek Mt Jefferson Wilderness
Rest break on PCT 1977 - Russell Creek Mt Jefferson Wilderness
Teddi Boston on Lower Devils 1976
Teddi Boston on Lower Devils 1976
Wahtum Lake Campfire 1977
Wahtum Lake Campfire 1977
Vintage trail sign on the old Pacific Crest Trail
Vintage trail sign on the old Pacific Crest Trail
Phoebus 625 stoves made in Austria
Phoebus 625 stoves made in Austria
Optimus 8R stove cases made in Sweden
Optimus 8R stove cases made in Sweden
Optimus 8R stoves
Optimus 8R stoves
Monte Dodge at home with fire
Monte Dodge at home with fire
Monte with his ancient camping gear
Monte with his ancient camping gear
Early 1970s REI down bag label
Early 1970s REI down bag label
Two old vintage hiking farts..that still hike
Two old vintage hiking farts..that still hike
1970s REI and Sierra Designs Wilderness tent
1970s REI and Sierra Designs Wilderness tent
Philmont Rangers 1974
Philmont Rangers 1974
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