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Archival Reprint: Filson Japan Lookbook

October 13th, 2011

Per yesterday’s entry, I’m reprinting a few of my favorite views from the strangely compelling, Filson Japan lookbook, “The Ballad of Portraits”. I love the stylized presentation of the figures who look like colorized, plasticized transplants from a 19th century daguerreotype (if Dodge Sportsmans appeared in daguerreotypes). Since most web image content disappears from view or gets redistributed away from its original source, I wanted to archive a copy for myself for future reference. It’s a shame we cannot mail away for a print copy.

Archival Alpinists

August 2nd, 2011

We love these hand tinted magic lantern slides by alpinist Thomas B. Moffat. Taken in the 1930s, they document the Alpine Club of Canada’s ascent of several mountains in the Canadian Rockies. There’s a refreshing lack of technical clothing, high tech gear and off road vehicles in these photographs. Vests, ponchos, pipes and caps finish climbing ensembles that would not look out of place on a city street. Proof that you don’t need dedicated equipment to enjoy the great outdoors.

Thomas B. Moffat lantern slides courtesy Glenbow Museum

Shopping from the Past: Yak Works Catalog

May 11th, 2011

Here’s a shopping opportunity for vintage climbing packs and apparel from Seattle based Yak Works. AC reader Alan Wenker was kind enough to supply me with these original scans. Alan is interested in vintage backpacking apparel from 60s and 70s. Like Archival, Alan wants to see as many of these original catalogs made available for general viewing. So many have disappeared from view. Where else can you see evidence of lost products like Scottish Polarwear, Norse net shirts, Gore-tex cycling chaps and Swaledale mountain shirts from the Lake District?

Alan’s vintage yakpak

Shopping From the Desert: Layton Kor

November 22nd, 2010

Growing up as a library hound and a rock climber, I read a lot of dusty books about climbing from the 1960s and 1970s. There were always a lot of references to Layton Kor, the giant of a man climbing the sandiest towers that Utah has to offer. The famous Kor-Ingalls route on Castleton Tower is one of a series of brilliant FAs that Kor accomplished in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

This kind of climbing never did it for me – the crumbling choss of the Cascades was bad enough, and I mostly stuck to cleaned-up areas like Smith.

Away from the mud, he also made a long list of FAs in Colorado – Long’s Peak, Eldorado Canyon, Black Canyon, and so on.

Mr Kor is in trouble of the kidney kind. Please consider donating to the fund to get some new kidneys to Layton and get him back out on the rock. (Most images taken from

Archival Mountaineers

March 16th, 2010

This spring mountaineering season: Pull on your knickers, grab your rucksack, lace up your tallest boots, help your pals with their bowlines-on-a-bight, and head for the hills. Here in Oregon, I’ll limit archivally-equipped outings to big, basic mountains – South Sister would be ideal, but the bold could go for Three-Fingered Jack, named after an infamously disfigured 19th century bandit. Archival Clothing is not responsible for the failure of wooden ice axes or hempen ropes.

Shopping From The Mazamas

November 28th, 2009

by Tom Bonamici

The Mazamas were founded in 1894. The first meeting took place on the summit of Mt. Hood – if you made it to the top, you were deemed worthy of membership. I’m particularly fond of the campsite with several wall tents, which an Archival Clothing contact lived in for over a year and confirms to be practical and convenient. The woolen climbing garb might seem obsolete, but just consider the report of Graham Hoyland, who reports that 1920s-era clothing performed just fine on Mt. Everest. So if you plan on any mountaineering next season, please consider re-assigning a use value to natural fibers! That said, wooden ice axe shafts have been known to break, and Archival Clothing does not condone their use.