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Rob Shearer
(parklander) - F
Old School Ultralight Gear on 11/09/2005 13:47:21 MST Print View

In Volume 2 of Horace Kepharts Camping and Woodcraft (1917) a featherweight kit designed by Owen G. Williams and marketed by J. Langdon & Sons, Duke St., Liverpool is listed.

40 oz "Featherweight" tent complete
15 oz Ground sheet and pegs for same
20 oz "Comfy" sleeping (eiderdown)
02 oz Compact brush and comb and mirror
02 oz Japanese rubbered air cushion
15 oz "Compleat" cooking outfit and stove
02 oz Aluminum knife, fork and spoon
03 oz 1/4 pint aluminum flask and egg cup
05 oz Enamelled cup, plate, and mop
06 oz Canvas bucket and wash basin 02 oz Pole clips and candle holder

Total weight: 7 lbs.

Not bad for eighty years ago.

Another list is given, this one by T. H. Holding

13 oz Tent
15 oz Poles (3)
10 oz Pegs
10 oz Ground sheet
08 oz Ground "blanket"
20 oz Down quilt
16 oz Cooking kit

Total weight: 6 lbs.

It seems as though ultralight backpacking has a long history.

Edited by parklander on 11/09/2005 14:02:26 MST.

R Alsborg
(FastWalker) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Re: Old School Ultralight Gear on 11/09/2005 14:04:48 MST Print View

What about John Muir(1838-1914). He would stuff some Biscuits into his over coat and head off into the woods for days…