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What's your oldest piece of kit?
by Ben Nachie » Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:11 pm
Mine is probably my compass, purchased around 1985.
Other kit I still use, all dating from 1988/89 includes most of my maps, my summer sleeping bag, my Buffalo salopettes and hood, my MSR stove and my ice axe.
I also carry a whistle which dates from the '70s, but I never use it, so not sure if that counts. It's one of those ones made from an antler tip and it's ear-splittingly loud.
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by mynthdd2 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:02 pm
by bootsandpaddles » Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:11 pm
by Mal Grey » Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:30 pm
The oldest thing that probably still gets use at least once a year is my Karrimor Condor backpack, which gets used for bothies. Think I bought it in '96, might have been the year before.
My compass is nearly, but not quite as old.
Until 2 years ago or so, my crampons went back to '87. My ice axe bought the same year still gets used, as I gave it to my godson, but his dad, my mate Nige, uses it on our winter trips as its shorter than his own.
Clothing wise, the Karrimor Summit waterproof I refer to as my "new Gore-Tex", as it was my second one, was bought in 2003. Still going strong, but it only really gets used for the winter trip each year as its a fairly heavy mountaineering orientated thing.
I've had a bit of a splurge over the last few years, so most of my old clothing has been replaced, as, finally, has my winter sleeping bag and a tent.
Favourite base layer is a sample Patagonia one I got cheap, about 10 years ago I'd estimate.
by Arthurs Eat » Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:34 pm
by Sgurr » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:13 pm
by Boris_the_Bold » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:14 pm
by CharlesT » Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:33 am
by gld73 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:36 am
by rockhopper » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:01 am
Also, occasionally still use a Salewa ice axe (axe head repainted in hammerite) from the same year but less often now as it's a bit on the long side.
I do still have my Murray Hamilton Cuillin 3 rucksack from the same period - haven't used it for a while but can't bear to part with it. Same with a pair of scarpa asolo walking boots from the early 1980s - cheers
by Phil the Hill » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:03 pm
by Graeme D » Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:35 pm
If second hand, then it's my ice axe. If we're talking only one careful owner then I guess it's my lucky Y-fronts!
by allanglens » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:45 am
Then it all stopped . Got back into walking, and the gaiters are still in service.
by mrssanta » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:48 pm
by CharlesT » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:20 pm
mrssanta wrote:Rudolph and I both thought of our feet, but that's not really the idea is it?
After a day on the hills today, fabulous weather by the way, and two new Munros after an absence of eighteen months I can think of nothing else. Descending icy slopes in crampons was purgatory!