Apr 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm #1288641
Where does a person attempt to give away old, large, external frame packs?
Scouts, maybe? – but they look too big for anyone under age 14 or so.
– ElizabethApr 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm #1866658
I'd look at ebay if you can I.D. your frame. Some are still very useful;some rare.There is always Goodwill or the Salvation Army. I'm sure others will suggest the Scouts too.Apr 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm #1866659
@daviddrakeLocale: North Idaho
What kind of pack? I had a K2 Shortbed (Dana Design) that I sold on gear swap for $125. Some of the old packs are collectable.Apr 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm #1866660
Traditional backpacking forums? :DApr 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm #1866661
If there's a chapter near you…Sierra Club Inner City Outings?Apr 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm #1866681
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
Keep using them for a once in a while nostalgia trip :)
They are great if you need to carry 3 gallons of water across the desert too.
If they are really old, you might be able to sell it on eBay?Apr 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm #1866690
@climberslackerLocale: Your guess is as good as mine.
I know that they get used pretty often on trail crews.
Sometimes you need to carry 80lbs of lumber into the backcountry. Or a bunch of tools. Lots of heavy stuff is used in trail construction.Apr 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm #1866697
@maynard76Locale: New England
Hold on to them until they come back in fashion.Apr 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm #1866714
Agree on trail crews. I use an ancient external frame pack to carry my chainsaw up the hill for trail maintenance.Apr 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm #1866722
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@hikerduaneLocale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
I gave away my Camp Trails pack I got in the early '70's. I would like to have it now for a nostalgia, retro gear trip.
DuaneApr 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm #1866730
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
Use it to haul stuff, not for backpacking but just as a work horse. Install a shelf and rope some firewood to it, go gather trash and lash the trashbags to the frame. If you are a hunter, use them to pack out meat.
And use them in winter when you want to carry extra heavy loads for camp comfort (large tent, wood stove, ect.)Apr 13, 2012 at 6:56 am #1866811
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@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Walk to the grocery store and carry groceries home in them.Apr 13, 2012 at 7:14 am #1866817
@tylerdLocale: SE US
I sold mine on ebay.
Plan to pack them yourself in a flat, mirror type box. If you go to the UPS store they will tell you the only way to do it is in a huge box that will measure higher volume and ship like a 80-90lb package costing a hundred or more dollars. Instead I put it in a flat type box like you would package a picture or mirror, input the measurements and weight and they shipped for about $25 bucks from GA to CA. Bot my packs were aluminum frame Gregory packs, over a decade old and sold for around $100 bucks each plus shipping.Apr 13, 2012 at 8:49 am #1866852
Please do contact your local Boy Scout "District" or "Council" office: many of them offer a beginning backpacking course (where they do go over UL practices and goals) and for which they like to offer loaner backpacks so that participants can hike before buying. Even adult-sized leaders can benefit from your old pack!
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