Santa Xmas List--10 most coveted vintage BP items, '09

2:05 p.m. on November 3, 2009 (EST)
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I ran this list last year & had success on filling in a few holes on my vintage gear wants & desires--but as any gear freak knows, there is always more! Santa, I've been good this year! My 2009 list is:

1. Rivendell Jensen Pack (original) 2. North Face Morning Glory Tent 3. Trailwise Fitzroy Tent 4. 70s North Face Elephant's Foot goose-down half bag 5. 70s Nikon 6x18 Ultra Compact Binoculars w/ case 6. Sierra Designs Double Mummy goose down sleeping bag 7. Hine Snowbridge Serex internal frame backpack 8. Any Maran external frame backpack 9. Landav Designs wool knickers, waist size 36-38, any color other than grey, 10. Rear brake kit for Mountainsmith Armadillo Pulk Sled.

If you have any of the above, let me know--otherwise make up your own lists & post them. Maybe Santa (or other Forum gear freaks) can put an old piece of vintage gear under your tree!

10:43 a.m. on November 4, 2009 (EST)
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Has it been a year already? I'll send you an email regarding a Serex.

10:50 a.m. on November 4, 2009 (EST)
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I pulled up my list from last year and here's where I'm at:

My vintage wish list would include:

1. Paul Petzoldt Wilderness Equipment wool shirt - the snap front style in large or extra large.
2. Vintage NOLS wool sweater, size large or extra large.
3. Marmot Taku tent or Early Winters, Winter Light tent.
4. Optimus #9 stove.
5. Optimus #11 Explorer stove (not the 111 series).
6. Eureka Caddis tent.
7. Class 5 brand, 'Class 5 Down Sleeper' sleeping bag (I always thought this was a wierd choice of name for the bag) or for that matter a similar era higher end -20 down bag (Sierra Designs, Trailwise, Holubar, ...)
8. Synergy Works ventile mountain parka.
9. Early Winters gore tex jacket - the 3 layer style, not the lined styles.
10. An A-Frame expedition tent, such as the Trailwise Fitzroy, or other brands such as Gerry, Holubar, Sierra Designs.
11. The one issue of Wilderness Camping magazine that I'm missing, can't remember which one off the top of my head.
12. The issue(s) of Mariah magazine that I'm missing - it may only be one. - i got this one on ebay and now my collection is complete.
13. Any and all old catalogs of gear makers.

14. Rivendell Mountai Works Hot Tamale mittens.
15. Rivendell Mountain Works gore tex cagoule or anorak.
16. A pair of millarmitts.

17. A Class 5 tent.

18. Various pieces of Class 5 clothing, they sold these cool wool vests shortly before they went under.

4:15 p.m. on November 4, 2009 (EST)
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My short list would include -

1. 1970's REI catalogs.

2. 70's vintage MSR ice axes, climbing gear. I have the Sumner, Eagle and

T Bird, but would be interested in different lengths/colors.

3. "Off Belay" magazines.

4:41 p.m. on November 4, 2009 (EST)
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I would like all the gear I have had since I took to adventure travel so I could open a museum showing gear from the last 35 years. I cant remember all the brands and types but I have had enough to open my own shop. Not to mention every major brand of 35mm camera,lenses, bicycles, touring gear,etc.

10:14 a.m. on November 5, 2009 (EST)
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Eastwa, Off Belay magazines are relatively easy to obtain.

10:04 a.m. on November 6, 2009 (EST)
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I read the XMas post of last year with interest but didn't contribute. However, I've published several posts about old gear I wanted in the past. Surprisingly, over the past year I've acquired some of the very rare items I would have had on the list: Sierra Designs Glacier tent and Trailwise Model 72 pack in the rust color. I also bought a Segen pack but the bag needs some significant repairs and I'm disappointed with it.

So, here's my new vintage gear XMas List for 2009:

1. Trailwise Fitzroy tent. I would prefer the Fitzroy II but wouldn't pass on a III.

2. Trailwise 2-Man Mountain Tent.

3. Segen pack in much better condition that the one I own.

4. Trailwise Norrland or Chevron sleeping bag (my Slimline is certainly slim!)

5. Sierra Designs 60/40 parka in XL burnt orange or bluestone.

6. Sierra Designs down jacket (not the Whitney but the lighter model) in XL.

7. Sierra Designs down vest with 60/40 shell in bluestone, XL.

8. Trailwise Great Arc Dome tent.

9. Black's Good Companion air mattress in good condition.

10. Paul Petzoldt Wilderness Equipment/NOLS stuff: Petzoldt Superwand tent, NOLS wool sweater, and the super functional snap wool shirt in XL.

11. Old equipment catalogs from the 70's through mid 80's: Sierra Designs, Trailwise, Wilderness Experience, Kelty, A-16, etc.


1:23 p.m. on November 6, 2009 (EST)
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avgfan: SD 60/40 Parka in Bluestone--you're talking the lighter blue, not the navy color--I have a very early light blue 1970 60/40 (has the original Berkeley label) that has the all-taffeta nylon lining (no inner 60/40 cloth) in a gray color. Early model--has #10 front zipper but does not have the built-in handwarmer pockets in front. It is marked large, but the early 60/40s were sized larger than the later 60/40s. It has no rips or tears, velcro tabs are intact & clean, leather tabs still excellent on hood. PM me if you want more info. Karmantra

8:55 a.m. on November 7, 2009 (EST)
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How do you PM someone?

10:42 a.m. on November 9, 2009 (EST)
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5. Optimus #11 Explorer stove

I think i saw the burner for sale on ebay dirth cheap yesterday...

4:24 p.m. on November 9, 2009 (EST)
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Rats, I missed that one.

1:31 p.m. on November 10, 2009 (EST)
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Have a look at this on ebay

Looks like an 11 burner but i don't know them enough to tell. Maybe if it's compatible with the cobra conversion kit you can make a kap-arctic with it, who knows?

3:18 p.m. on November 10, 2009 (EST)
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I have a Fitzroy II (purchased ca. 1972 and has been around the world) in the barn back in VT, but the waterproofing is completely shot and I don't know what all else might be wrong with it.

Anybody got a North Face Wrapack? (Not sure about the spelling on that one...)

1:37 a.m. on November 14, 2009 (EST)
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Would you be interested in selling the Fitzroy?

9:47 a.m. on December 10, 2009 (EST)
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Bump to the top. Anybody score anything?

5:52 p.m. on December 13, 2009 (EST)
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excuse me for taking so long to get here. i did score some great stuff last year on this post also.

my list is pretty much the same

1) bonna snow star skis

2) italian double leather ski boots in size 11. fabiano or scarpa prefered

3) alpine products polarguard clothing or sleeping bags

4) scott aluminum touring poles

5) caribou backpack. the original ones with the wood fiberglass stays

6) class 5 ringling brothers tent

7) original gerry cwd pack with old label in a size regular

8) new trailwise yoke shoulder straps

9) more ensolite

10) 40's schwinn continental 24" or larger

last year i had a custom bike on the list. just recently i got a mid 40's 22" schwinn continental bronze fillet frame. exery bit as nice as any custom bike i have seen. didn't score it off the list, but did just get it. now i need a larger one for my road bike

karmatra did you and alan work out a deal on the snowbridge serex? if not let me know as i also have one that gets very little use.

happy solistice to all and good luck finding and using this old gear

8:18 p.m. on December 15, 2009 (EST)
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Sigg scout pans in the largest three sizes. I have the smallest two sizes.

6:08 p.m. on December 23, 2009 (EST)
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alan how big are those pans?

i am not finding much to help you guys out. i did score big time for myself though. i found a caribou backpack for sale on the net. it looked different than any other caribou i had seen, so i sent some pixs to one of the former owners. she told me that it was definately one of theirs, but must be one of the designer's, charles "footy" field, prototypes.

i also goodwilled a pair of the fabiano double ski boots that i am looking for. great deal they were marked $6 and it was a half off sale. they should fit my grandaughter in a year or two. best of luck too you all.

2:22 p.m. on December 24, 2009 (EST)
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The largest sizes of Sigg pans were somewhere in the 3-5 liter range. I think my two are about 1.5 and 2 liters. Some catalog descriptions would list volume in pints, some in quarts and some in liters, just depends who wrote the product description.

11:53 a.m. on January 29, 2010 (EST)
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Hello! How could I have missed this great strings of desires for old gear??? Reading over the posts, I, like many of you, experience the deep pang of regret, "I had one of those, WHY did I ever get rid of it?" Recently, I, too, have acquired some choice items-- an early model of the Early Winters Omnipotent in great shape; a Snowlion A-frame tent; a Snowlion Limited Edition Expedition bag in that luscious deep red nylon.... but many others elude me.... I got here today looking for any information about the Trailwise Great Arc Dome, especially any good pictures of it that I could use on my "History of Gear" website. This was after I met with the tent's designer last weekend (Bob Howe). He told me it's probably the all-out strongest tent he's ever designed-- a geodesic with six poles, rated very high by Backpacker Mag for strength, but otherwise was given a very poor rating due to its weight and cost. Bob told me it was so strong that a man could lean his full weight against it and do pushups! --- Bruce Johnson, just google "Holubar" or some of the other classic companies and you'll get to my website... please send me pictures of the Trailwise dome if you have any-- catalog scans would be fine, too.

12:01 p.m. on January 29, 2010 (EST)
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By the way, I do have a fairly extensive collection of vintage catalogs, collected as part of my History of Gear project, writings and my website. However, I'm so disorganized, and also not really "done" with my research that I'm not sure what I have, or what I'm willing to part with.

Recently, someone laid a huge pile of more recent catalogs on me, too, from about 1993 to 2006-- very many North Face and Sierra Designs catalogs, including what apppear to be store sales spiral bound things for the salespeople or reps to use. Also, there are many other manufacturers.

At this point, if anyone is interested in buying anything, I think we could just exchange names for some time in a month or two when I'm further along.

Bruce Johnson

Olympia, WA

10:57 p.m. on January 29, 2010 (EST)
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Bruce, I'd be interested in any catalogs I don't currently have. I'll drop you an email soon.

By the way, Bruce's books are fabulous, the Holubar one is especially excellent.


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