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    Registered User Hikes in Rain's Avatar
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    My old Sierra cup from the '70's. Back then, they were worn hanging from the belt from the curved handle. It was a badge, of sorts, for the cool hikers. I never found that comfortable, so it rode in my pack. It's a little tippy, but since it only holds 8 oz. of coffee, it's empty before I can think to set it down.

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    A Marmot Arete 40F, my first down bag. I don't know exactly how old it is, maybe 12-13yrs. Used it week before last.

    Do knives count? For late fall and winter overnighters in places with designated campsites(TN State Parks) that often have had all their easily gathered firewood picked over, I'll take a fixed blade along with my saw for splitting wood when I know I want a fire.
    One that still sees use is a Blackjack #1-7 I bought in the late '80s.

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    MSR Whisperlite, Indestructible. Reliable. Rebuild-able. Heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psyculman View Post
    MSR Whisperlite, Indestructible. Reliable. Rebuild-able. Heavy.
    Oh, and since 1983

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    The only original item I still take backpacking is my first aid kit from when I was in Boy Scouts 20 years ago. I've replaced everything inside but I still have the hard plastic box with my name and troop number written on it.

    I still have a bunch of other gear from Boy Scouts but I only take it car camping now.
    It's all good in the woods.

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    Ah, Boy Scouts.
    For many decades I carried my old Boy Scouts knife on every adventure or hike resp.
    It had a wide and slim blade of stainless steel so it was perfect for slicing bread and spreading butter.
    Lost it on a mountaintop in Crete and while I'm still sorry for losing it, I would not carry it nowadays.
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    Boy Scout Knife/Fork/Spoon circa. 1964

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    Omigosh, y'all got me digging in the drawer with pocket knives that mostly belonged to my grandfather and great-grandfather.
    Think my "Boy Scout knife"(unofficial) was my first pocket knife when I was 4 or 5yrs old. I'm past 50, now.

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    'Course it's been a loooong time since it was actually carried or used...

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    Minus the scales being different, that is the same knife I carried for years in the Army. It was officially called a demo knife. The pointed blade (awl) was for poking a hole in a block of C-4 to insert a blasting cap. It was made be Camillus IIRC came out in the 1940's. Brings back memories.
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    " 6 bucks and my left nut says we're not going to be landing in Chicago" Del Griffith

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    It would have to be my poles, the oldest service sticker on them is from 2004 trail days. Leki makes good hiking sticks indeed.
    sooner or later there comes a time

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    The oldest item I still have is a fleece sweater (Polarted) from Malden mills bought pre fire in the factory. That has served me as a makeshift blanker, a pillow, towel, saved my life in a nor'easter in Virginia, and kept bugs off my face. After over 30 years it's still going strong. AND it's one with a full length zipper down the front that still works!!!

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    I have a pair of Lexi trekking poles, WM bag, thermarest, and Osprey 60 pack from 05

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