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GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Feb 8, 2013 - 07:26am PT
The Red Marlboro Pack I got with Marlboro miles back in 93

Funny thing about that year and that pack... because in 1993 I was starting public school at Beaumont elementary, and one of my very first days of public school EVER was a program put on by D.A.R.E. against Tobacco use.

The guy from D.A.R.E. talked about how the big tobacco companies use catalogs to get kids to buy toys and sh#t, when obviously no grown man is going to use a Marlboro Backpack [sic] or a pogo stick or some such other trinket you could get with 100 proofs of purchase.

A classmate then produced the catalog from inside his desk, with a big red back pack all circled. He said his dad had been collecting them for him so he could have it.

We talked about Marijuana after that.


Funny world, ain't it? And that was 1993.

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 8, 2013 - 09:50am PT
Sofcookay, I do remember and I left early also. Wanted to spend some time on Northern CA's coast line and Sonoma. I forgot you worked at Nomad's.

Sierra Ledge Rat.....Is that FUN????? Yikes is all I can say!!!!!! lynne
AlanDoak

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Feb 11, 2013 - 02:58pm PT
It looks like I'm not the only one who is a fan of the the Big Wally by Gregory. I loved mine so much, I wish Gregory would bring it back. I would post pictures of mine, but it got stolen by a bear near the base of Washington's Column. Luckily the car keys fell out before he vanished with it.

It was an awesome crag pack, and great tag bag.

Things I loved about it:
Comfy suspension
Big opening for stuffing gear into it
Speedy conversion to haul mode
Durable (mine was the vinyl version)
big flap pocket
darkmagus

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 11, 2013 - 04:03pm PT
I've been using the Deuter Aircontact 65+10 for a couple of seasons...my thoughts:

-Kinda on the heavy side, but very cushiony straps. Super comfortable when properly adjusted.
-SUPER easy to adjust.
-Somewhat narrow profile.
-The (optional) sleeping bag compartment can even fit a couple extra articles of clothing
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Feb 11, 2013 - 04:38pm PT
My Millet Sack
Credit: throwpie
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Feb 11, 2013 - 07:19pm PT
"can't say" nailed it


Gregory Big Wally, great rock pack
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 11, 2013 - 07:45pm PT
Birth of an atomsmasher
Credit: Jaybro
Credit: Jaybro
Credit: Jaybro
Credit: Jaybro
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 11, 2013 - 07:50pm PT
Jaybro, missing yo......life and work good?
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 11, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
Probably my most nostalgic would be my old Trapper Nelson which was state of the art in the 50s.
You've come a long way baby.
Credit: guido
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 11, 2013 - 07:55pm PT
Life and work are excellent Lynne and you?
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 11, 2013 - 08:01pm PT

WyoRockMan

I have an exact model of that Bomb pack. It's worn and I don't wear it
much these days, but the adventures I had with it.
I had an old Karrimor sac that did carry like hell, and nearly
nothing. . .
and have been using a BD Shadow these days--carries wonderfully
and is light. . .
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 11, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
Jaybro, life and work are good here too. Hugs

PACK STORY:

After Dan went to heaven and I decided to honor him by following his past path of climbing welllll....The Mayor of JTree, Todd Gordon, invited me on my first official climb in about 20+++ years.

I'd never been to Suicide Rock, Idyllwild, CA tho Dan boy climbed there a bunch. But that's where I met Gordo and two others I would climb with that day. One of them being Tucker Tech.

I'd taken a few lessons in the gym to refresh what I'd watched others do for so many years and made it up Surprise and had a blast.

This Tucker person carried a huge pack and throughout the day endless beers appeared from it. I asked him for one and immediately knew I'd asked the wrong question. But TT was a gentleman and surrendered one of his closely guarded cans. I didn't ask for another. Great day ended and we found our way slowly down the hill. Tucker was way ahead. I was last .... no surprise.

At the bottom of the descent I saw Tucker Tech sitting on a big rock seemingly unable to get up. Oh, God, I thought. He's having a heart attack.
(I didn't know this man or that would have been my last thought.) I hurried up and asked him what was wrong and could I help.

Tucker, bless him, looked at me as only he could and calmly said ...."well, I have a 50 pound boulder in my pack and I'm having a little trouble getting up." I pushed from behind and TT was good to go. He kinda overwhelmed me (read scared). But I asked him why he was carrying a 50 lb. boulder back to the car. He explained about his cactus garden and rock walls.

We've been good friends ever since. What a guy. What a pack.....:D
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Feb 11, 2013 - 09:01pm PT
Nice cave pic, SLR. I used a surplus army medic's bag for caving. Rugged and easy to drag behind in a crawlway.

I am shocked to discover you are an electric caver. I figured you for a real man, a carbide man.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 11, 2013 - 09:25pm PT
Bro Bob and Lynnie .... pretty certain Eastern Sierra
Bro Bob and Lynnie .... pretty certain Eastern Sierra
Credit: LL LL


So here's a very vecchio, old pack. My first at age 15. Smiles. lynne
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 18, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
Early, sweet morning and the beginning of adventure.
Early, sweet morning and the beginning of adventure.
Credit: LL LL

An adventure "a few years later". :D





Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 18, 2013 - 09:55pm PT
Here's my home this past weekend. Pretty beautiful. An antique ground ...
Here's my home this past weekend. Pretty beautiful. An antique ground pad and my new favorite backpack. Anza Borrego
Credit: LL LL





Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 18, 2013 - 10:08pm PT
Bunch of boulders out there. I tried one with a good vertical crack. G...
Bunch of boulders out there. I tried one with a good vertical crack. Grainy cause none of these have been climbed, but it was fun.
Credit: LL LL









BruceAnderson

Social climber
Los Angeles currently St. Antonin, France
Feb 21, 2013 - 06:34am PT
Here's likely the last cragging pack I'll ever own
Cold Cold World Ozone
Credit: BruceAnderson
No frills, handmade in the U.S., and near perfect. I can fit everything I need for a day out. If it lasts anything like the pack below it will be the last one I buy.
Credit: BruceAnderson
BruceAnderson

Social climber
Los Angeles currently St. Antonin, France
Feb 21, 2013 - 06:43am PT
I use to use a Fish Atom Smasher in my earlier climbing life and became convinced that for rock climbing the simplest bomber sack with two padded straps was the way to go.
Mid nineties, after a trip to Mallorca, Hidetaka Suzuki gave my wife this pack-
Credit: BruceAnderson
It belonged to his wife (r.i.p.) and was her alpine summit pack. Then he used it for quite a while as his crag pack, and now my wife still uses it at least a couple times a week. It has a hole in the top lid but only because my golden retriever went after some saucisson stashed inside.
This pack was what made me search out the Cold Cold World.
BruceAnderson

Social climber
Los Angeles currently St. Antonin, France
Feb 21, 2013 - 06:52am PT
Finally a nod to the best little daypack ever, the Black Diamond Bullet.
Once again bomber materials, simple sack, two straps. Whats cool about this thing is it holds a ton more than you would think but disappears on your back. Pretty much kills all the other fancy hydration packs I've used.
Credit: BruceAnderson
all three side by side
Credit: BruceAnderson
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