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Kelty Pack

Although Kelty created his first back pack in 1952, he did not begin a patent application  until 1976 and was granted his patent in 1979. Kelty pack in 1966  

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Dick Kelty

Dick Kelty is the man accredited for inventing the hiking back pack we know and love today. Dick Kelty was an avid outdoors man. Hiking and backpacking in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s was a hobby that had few … Continue reading

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The Roycroft pack

Cut three sticks for the frame. They should be about as thick as your thumb. The length of the bottom piece should be the width of your buttocks. Ideally it should also be slightly curved to fit your back. The … Continue reading

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Otzi the Ice Man of the Alps

On September 19, 1991, in the remote mountains on the border of Austria and Italy, hikers stumbled upon the corpse of a 5,300 year-old man. Dubbed “Ötzi,” this perfectly preserved iceman is the oldest human ever found. This man lived … Continue reading

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History of the Back Pack

Origins… Backpacks are also widely known as rucksacks, knapsacks, packs and packsacks. To define it, one can simply say that it’s a bag to be carried on the back with straps (usually two) that either go over the shoulders or … Continue reading

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