Oldest Gear you still use?

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Re: Oldest Gear you still use?

by p.vandendriesse » Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:01 am

When we're car camping, I still use a super old coleman two-burner propane stove like the one here, except about 40 years older. It's stupid simple and indestructible. That and my dads old external frame pack, which is heavy as hell and wildly uncomfortable. But if you rock a flannel and some big 70s glasses, you feel pretty cool.

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Re: Oldest Gear you still use?

by asmrz » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:42 pm

In 1978 I bought set of rigid Friends on sale at REI. I still have the three biggest ones and use them all the time.

In 1980, The Sierra Club Mountaineering Committee purchased Marmot -5 F Goretex bags for me and Miguel Carmona to try a new route in the Sierra in winter. We both still have those bags and use them in shoulder seasons. BTW the route has not yet been climbed, summer or winter.

I still have Chouinard North Wall axe and hammer that I bought in the late 70s. They are great for alpine climbing. I still use them.

I also use Marmot Taku Goretex tent. At 4lb 8oz with vestibule, it cannot be denied ever today.

My Mountainsmith 4,000 c.i. pack still carries my gear in J Tree and on Tahquitz. I bought that one in 1978 for cragging and it still works well.
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Re: Oldest Gear you still use?

by Bob Sihler » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:03 am

Sometimes I use myself for body jams. I don't know if it's bomber, but it hasn't failed (yet). I've had that gear for almost five decades now.
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Re: Oldest Gear you still use?

by dadndave » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:01 am

I've got an Edelrid rope that's about 30 years old but I wouldn't be game to use it even though it still looks OK.

I've still got a a few carabiners and some nuts of a similar vintage. Never been dropped or abused so I reckon they're still OK. I still use my old figure-eight descender of about the same age. I've got a Whillans sit-harness around the place somewhere but haven't used it for years.

Oh yeah, and then there's the vintage "Royal Mail" mail bag that I somehow aquired along the way to keep my stuff in.
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Re: Oldest Gear you still use?

by MoapaPk » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:08 pm

My wife and I sewed a 1-layer ripstop nylon pullover jacket in 1983. It is my most-used piece of cool-weather gear.

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