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Old School Eats

Postby ironmike » Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:01 pm

Found below Martha Lake at approximately 10700' in mid-September.

My backpacking companion Rob had been regaling me with stories from his early days in the Sierras (late 60's) - the 80-lb packs, no regulations, the lack of crowds even in mid-summer, and the canned food they would bring before the days of freeze-dried goods and modern plastic or foil packaging. I thought it very cool to find this little bit of history nestled in some branches and rocks next to an old fire ring that formed the core of our camp area. Even cooler because Rob had specifically mentioned canned wieners.

It is astounding that this can is in such good condition considering that this area is under snow for many months of the year and subjected to great extremes of weather. Not only that, but a close inspection of the back label shows a faint date: 1949!!!
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Re: Old School Eats

Postby BrianF » Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:05 pm

How'd they taste? :D
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Old School Eats

Postby ironmike » Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:12 pm

Unfortunately the can had been opened and emptied years ago. I can only imagine how savory they were, especially with a separate "Sack-O-Sauce"!
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Re: Old School Eats

Postby rlown » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:01 pm

:D about all i can say. might be a cure for cancer in that jar.
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Re: Old School Eats

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:47 pm

The can might actually be worth money.

I always find products in the Sierra and I try to find dates on them but I never have any luck. In a small can dump there was a good size ham.
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Re: Old School Eats

Postby 87TT » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:21 pm

I remember taking the "girlfriends" ( later wives for a weekend. My buddy brought a 1 lb canned ham. #-o
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Re: Old School Eats

Postby Cross Country » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:21 pm

Actually, lightweight balanced diets have been available to be carried into the Sierra since before I was born and could be effectively hauled since Kelty or someone else made packs in the 50's (more or less) that got most of the weight on the hips. Balanced backcountry diet -- pasta, spices, salt, vitamin C, potassium, multiple vitamins, stuff with sugar and beef jerky or trout (gotta catch those). In lots of days backpacking I rarely ate freeze dried food and always used a pack that left very little weight on my shoulders.
PS: I just thought the weight distribution thing adds a nice touch.
PSS: Down bags have been around a long time too.
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