walkhighlands

Add reviews of outdoor gear and equipment here... or simply chat about gear and ask for recommendations

still have your first rucksack (vintage) ?

still have your first rucksack (vintage) ?


Postby scotsmist » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:13 pm

this is my original rucksack from 1986. its a skypack. Don't know the volume but it was the bees knees in the day. Has a handy shelf for a heavy tent (light in the day). I used to carry a eurohike adventure 110 on it with an old coleman piezo screw on stove used my dads 2.5 kg ex army sleeping bag, foam mat. I walked part of the WHW with this back in '86 and used it at glastonbury.
Attachments
skypack2.jpg
skypack1.jpg
scotsmist
Wanderer
 
Posts: 37
Munros:1   Corbetts:4
Grahams:1   
Sub 2000:1   
Islands:14
Joined: Feb 28, 2017
Location: Troon

Re: still have your first rucksack (vintage) ?

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:15 am

I still have (somewhere in the loft: no photos I'm afraid) my first day rucksack (1970s) and first big rucksack (1980s). Both were by Karrimor. The small one was green and the big one khaki.

All my early walks were done with the small sack and I have happy memories of it on my first walks to Cnicht, the Glyders, Ben Cruachan and Ben Nevis. I then got a mid-sized Karrimor in the late 1980s which also did well for many years.

The big sack was a loyal companion travelling round Ecuador and on Cotopaxi and other volcanoes in the 80s, and it was still going strong in 2004 for Illimani and Huayna Potosi in Bolivia. A few years ago I finally replaced the Karrimors with Aiguille (small) and Pod (big) and I have to admit that the new sacks are brilliant compared to the old ones...

I still have my first compass (Silva of course) and emergency whistle (never used) and still take them on all my walks. The compass has been a great companion over the years, e.g. it was very handy last month on the featureless terrain between Sgairneach Mhor and Beinn Udlamain. There was probably a path there somewhere but if so I managed to miss it!

I will probably never get into GPS as it is a bit techy for me.

Tim
User avatar
HalfManHalfTitanium
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 886
Munros:95   Corbetts:10
Grahams:2   Donalds:1
Hewitts:148
Wainwrights:103   
Joined: Mar 11, 2015

Re: still have your first rucksack (vintage) ?

Postby Sgurr » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:19 pm

No, I got rid of it as soon as something lighter became available. It was a horrible canvas monster with a metal frame, with which we went hut-to-hutting in Austria in 1963. I have no idea what brand it was, and as I wouldn't have recommended it to ANYONE it didn't matter. Somebody a bit fitter and more robust might have liked it. Husband liked his and carried it for years, and now I take a second look, it doesn't look as if it will force him to topple over as mine did.. 1/2 Mqn 1/2 Titanium looked after his compasses much better than me, I must be on my 5th or 6th and I do now have a GPS which has been very handy for extricating ourselves from clag, or when we don't know if we have angled too much climbing up to a ridge which is now in cloud, finding if we need to go left or right to the summit. I also have maverick in my phone, so if I want, I can be a purple arrow moving across the map. Husband HATES it. I think he thinks I am chatting on face book, but I am NOT.


Image

Image
User avatar
Sgurr
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 3699
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:219   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:569   Hewitts:139
Wainwrights:160   Islands:58
Joined: Nov 15, 2010
Location: Fife

Re: still have your first rucksack (vintage) ?

Postby Marty_JG » Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:19 am

Sgurr wrote:I also have maverick in my phone, so if I want, I can be a purple arrow moving across the map. Husband HATES it.


I'll respond to this topic properly later when I can get photos, but for years I was using a Garmin Sat-Nav suction-stuck to the windscreen. It displays "you" as a car and there are some options. But I played around with the unit on my computer and you can upload your own car in Flash Shockwave format so I made a flying saucer UFO which the g/f of the time detested.
User avatar
Marty_JG
Backpacker
 
Posts: 458
Munros:8   Corbetts:2
Sub 2000:3   
Islands:3
Joined: Sep 12, 2016
Location: Glasgow

Re: still have your first rucksack (vintage) ?

Postby gaffr » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:50 am

Didn't have much choice with kit in the late fifties. Some ex military stuff from Millets and Dolomite boots from Lillywhites.
The windproof outers were I think the left overs from the USA's military visit to Korea.
The rucksacks were strange with the crude metal frames and oddly the widest parts of the sack at the waist end. :)
The first sack that I had with the 'wide end' at the shoulders was from Norway but the metal frame on this one was less crude. Thereafter a succession of Karrimor canvas sacks with an extra extension for Bivvies...these ended their usefulness as the means to carry home kindling from the forest floors. Later a Karrimor alpinist was the favoured sack that I still use but the big Osprey is the one now for the longer trips. I still use my old Murray Hamilton canvas daysack on almost a daily basis. :)
The only sack that I had with a frame, well I had to try out on a Tiso trip, it did not last the trip and I ended using it without the frame which was abandoned ….I am fairly sure that this sack was a Karrimor. :) probably an early attempt to produce for this market of backpackers and Festival visitors. :lol:
User avatar
gaffr
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 1719
Munros:281   Corbetts:203
Grahams:33   Donalds:14
Sub 2000:11   Hewitts:25
Wainwrights:11   
Joined: Oct 25, 2009
Location: Highland.

Re: still have your first rucksack (vintage) ?

Postby Sgurr » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:25 pm

Marty_JG wrote:
Sgurr wrote:I also have maverick in my phone, so if I want, I can be a purple arrow moving across the map. Husband HATES it.


I'll respond to this topic properly later when I can get photos, but for years I was using a Garmin Sat-Nav suction-stuck to the windscreen. It displays "you" as a car and there are some options. But I played around with the unit on my computer and you can upload your own car in Flash Shockwave format so I made a flying saucer UFO which the g/f of the time detested.



I can't think which is worse, having a boyfriend who thinks of himself as an UFO or a wife who is a purple arrow. He would hate it more if it was a delightful canine companion.....I think
User avatar
Sgurr
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 3699
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:219   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:569   Hewitts:139
Wainwrights:160   Islands:58
Joined: Nov 15, 2010
Location: Fife

Re: still have your first rucksack (vintage) ?

Postby CharlesT » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:31 am

gaffr wrote:The rucksacks were strange with the crude metal frames and oddly the widest parts of the sack at the waist end.


My first "sac" was one of those, thirty bob second hand. Ex army possibly, capacious but uncomfortable. Pictured here when I was about sixteen off to the Lakes- note the old hemp rope. The joyous folly of youth.
self1962.jpg
User avatar
CharlesT
Mountaineer
 
Posts: 3139
Munros:156   Corbetts:2
Hewitts:261
Wainwrights:214   Islands:2
Joined: Dec 22, 2011
Location: West Oxfordshire

Re: still have your first rucksack (vintage) ?

Postby Veryhappybunny » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:17 pm

My 30l Karrimor Hot something (ice? rock? the writing has now worn off) was bought in 1993 and is still in pretty much weekly use. It does have a couple of holes in the bottom, but I use a drybag liner. I will be sad when it eventually falls to bits - the embroidery I had done when in Kathmandu in 2000 is still looking good. It is very comfy.

I also have a Karrimor Jaguar, bought in 1981, for backpacking, but have not used it for a while.
Veryhappybunny
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 94
Munros:282   Corbetts:129
Grahams:10   Donalds:10
Sub 2000:13   Hewitts:89
Wainwrights:163   
Joined: Jan 9, 2011
Location: Sunny Scotland




Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Gear and Equipment talk

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests