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Restock – Archival Rolltop in canvas duck

August 2nd, 2012

Our Archival Roll Top in black and natural canvas duck is now available for pre-order from the Archival web shop. Our Archival Roll Top is a comfortable, roomy, stripped-down backpack for keeping your belongings dry and safe in any conditions. Slightly larger than our Rucksack, the Roll Top is great for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and anyone else who regularly faces the elements. Here are some action snaps of Tom’s personal pack in use.

The Archival Roll Top in ranger tan waxed twill is also available for pre-order. Ship date on 8/15.

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 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

From the Archives: Yakima Climbing Youth

July 30th, 2010

OK, we know that the Life archive has been endlessly passed around the circle, but it doesn’t mean that the images aren’t brilliant. Having grown up rock climbing, I’m stuck on these kids from Yakima, Washington, right now. You cannot fail with khakis, Chucks, and poplin anoraks. Sign me up.

LL adds: one hopes these gents purchased their archival camping supplies from Sears Tent & Awning–a venerable canvas awning and canopy company still open for business in Yakima, Washington.

Archival Rock Climbing

December 16th, 2009

by Tom Bonamici

I started rock climbing when I was a pup of 8, but I’m afraid that it was already the age of neon tights and other unfortunate synthetics. However, as I browsed the climbing section of the Eugene Public Library, I came across quite a range of alternative climbing garb. Himalayan Climber, by Doug Scott, was one of my favorite volumes. I’ve checked it out time and time again, and I’m always rendered speechless by this perfect image:

Not only does the climbing look great (easy, exposed, solid), but Mr. Scott’s outfit is really beyond compare. A few more shots from Himalayan Climber follow, as well as a few possibilities for archival mail-order from the 1972 Chouinard catalog.