Don't have any of my earliest backpacking photos digitized, but here are two:
My first alpine climb (Kitadake, South Japan Alps, 1984) and I did it solo... I hadn't a clue what I was doing...and almost died two days after this shot. Note the dashing fedora and cotton shorts. Those are Danner Mountain Light Boots that I bought in 1980. I used them until around 1988. Amazingly my pack was very light compared to what I carried ten years later, but I had everything I needed, including a brass primus kerosene stove that weighed a ton, and a relatively light Slik tripod that you can see on the right side of my pack. The pack itself was only 40 liters. Ten years later I was using a Dana Designs Terraplane filled to the BRIM! I almost toppled off a razor ridge one time carrying that thing on a gusty afternoon!
Not backpacking, but I have been doing long distance bicycle tours for longer than I've backpacked. This is the same tent I used in the picture above, a Japanese single-skin, non-breathable, Nippin dome. I don't remember ever having had bad condensation problems with it and I still don't know why. In Miyagi Prefecture, 1978.