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Your Oldest Piece Of Gear?

Postby maverick » Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:44 pm

What is the oldest piece of gear that you have that is still functional, and used today?
Being a gear junkie the turnover rate is pretty extensive for me, but my Antelope MF
Bag by Western Mountaineering is well over 10 years old, and my oldest piece of gear
that still get usage in the Spring and Fall/Winter seasons.
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Re: Your Oldest Piece Of Gear?

Postby freestone » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:20 pm

A modification of my Trangia 27, a WM Versalite, the REI UL 60 backpack, and the Hilleberg Akto tent. All about 5 years old and all on the chopping block. My Bearicaide Scout will soon be king. The Kelty external frame pack, Sierra cup, and Eddie Bauer sleeping bag are long gone (but lovingly still in the gear closet!).
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Re: Your Oldest Piece Of Gear?

Postby frediver » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:40 pm

SEVA 123 purchased in 1969
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Re: Your Oldest Piece Of Gear?

Postby oldranger » Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:40 pm

North Face Unimog bag purchased in 1969. Refurbished around 98. Due to weight now relegated to car camping.

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Re: Your Oldest Piece Of Gear?

Postby TRAUMAhead » Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:28 am

A pair of Leki trekking poles I got in '07 or '08, when I started backpacking. Ironically, it's the only piece of gear I haven't replaced yet.
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Re: Your Oldest Piece Of Gear?

Postby RoguePhotonic » Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:07 am

I think my oldest piece of gear is a black sleeping pad I got at Big 5 about 5 years ago. Most everything else gets replaced nearly every season. Even tents seem to only last me one season.
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Re: Your Oldest Piece Of Gear?

Postby Wandering Daisy » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:08 am

My oldest piece of gear are my old knees! OK, you mean "gear". I recycle a lot. Some of my old gear gets torn apart and used for other things. My pack bag that I now use on my old Kelty frame (1974) is made of left over stuff sacks that I had gathered over the years everytime I bought new gear that came in a bag. An old pack cover also became a day pack. An old closed cell sleeping pad (1970s) has now been cut up into a pot cozy, a sit pad, and extra padding for my hips on one of my day packs. I modified an old tent fly from a tent I never liked or used much (1970's) into a tarp that I use with trekking poles when I just use a bivy sack. My old Frostline Kit down sleeping bag, made in 1970, is still used as a car camping bag or a loaner bag when I take out others who do not have equipment of their own. The oldest gear that I regularly use are my maps. I still use USGS 7.5 min maps that I had purchased in the late 1960's. Almost forgot- Last year I used flies and lures from my fishing kit that I put togther in 1969. Unfortunately, many of the hooks had rusted and broke off easily. No wonder I did not catch many fish! I have a break-down fishing rod that I still use. I had a few tapered leaders still in the original wrappings- some from the 1960's. They seemed to work just fine.
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Re: Your Oldest Piece Of Gear?

Postby oldranger » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:47 am

Oh Daisy!

Maps, yes I have maps dating back to the 50's! Now too delicate to take in the backcountry but nice for planning. Of course trails have been relocated but somehow the contours remain the same.

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Your 100 day summers equal 10 years for most people so I would expect that you would have to renew your gear every year. Remember seam seal this year!

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Re: Your Oldest Piece Of Gear?

Postby Troutdog 59 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:06 am

My 1953 Brunton Compass. Hand me down from my dad. I should replace it with a lighter plastic one, but its sentimental so it just always tags along.
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Re: Your Oldest Piece Of Gear?

Postby oldranger » Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:43 am

Troutdog

Yes! my Compass dates to my year in boyscouts in the late 50s. Used it once in the Sierra to call in a specific location for a fire report in the 80's but I always have it with me. Actually use it in the Cascades on overcast days going cross country as the overall topography is generally not very dramatic and the microtopography is complex.

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Re: Your Oldest Piece Of Gear?

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:17 am

If we are allowed to include fishing gear, then my oldest piece would be my Hardy Bros. Lightweight LRH reel given to me from my grandfather. Although I am unsure of it's exact age, my research online indicates it dates from the 50's. It is one of my most prized possessions, backpacking or otherwise.
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Re: Your Oldest Piece Of Gear?

Postby sparky » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:23 pm

I replaced everything 4 years ago. I loved my old tent, wish I still had it. Still have my first external frame pack, the boy scouts use it mainly but it is still in use. It has to be over 20 years old it is a coleman, and I liked it!

But nothing in my pack is over 4 years old, and its all beat pretty hard. I will be doing a complete overhaul again this year with my tax return, that means ill re-do my spare kit, and give away everything else.

New pack/bag/pad/tent i hope!! Also need poncho wind jacket socks cook kit. I will be shiney hiker this summer
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