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    I have an Ever Ready torch which is my main torch at home. I got it when I was 10 for a week long stay at Carey Camp, Dorset Schools' camp near Wareham.

    That makes it 34 years old . In fact I must have received it almost exactly 34 years ago to the day, an early birthday present, cos we came back from camp on my birthday on a blazing hot June day in '76.

    It's never needed a new bulb - it really is ever-ready!

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    Silva compass/clinometer, bought when a Geology student, 34 years ago...

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    I can't compete im not old enough

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    I've got a Silva Type 7NL compass that was bought for my birthday - I can't remember which one for certain but it was while I was a cub scout, so it's got to be approaching 40. It was out on the hill with me yesterday.

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    Can't quite compete with 34 years but I do have a 1980 Landranger map of Ben Nevis. Well battered now and I do now have a Harvey map of the area but the old map does have many happy memories.

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    The missus.

    Ooh, i'm in for it now.

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    Seriously though, i was given a bag full of old maps a few months back by an old guy having a clear out, i used one last week up on Askwith moor, Leeds and Bradford sheet 104 @ 1:50'000, not sure of it's age but the price marked on it, 80p.

    Got me where i needed to be.

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    All my OS maps of the Falklands were printed in 1960, needless to say I haven't owned them for that long though.

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    Hve a great old pocket knife I used in the Scouts, ahem, about 45 years ago. Blade still sharpens beautifully.

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    I still use a pair of my Grandad's Seaboot Socks (the thick white wool ones) inside my Drysuit when I'm teaching. They are WWII vintage and still going strong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris, OutdoorsGrub.co.uk View Post
    Silva compass/clinometer, bought when a Geology student, 34 years ago...
    SNAP! Would you believe!

    Except, maybe 36 years ago.

    I suppose it's fair to say that while it's usable, it isn't actually being used.

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    and it still fits you simon!!!!

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    Can't get up to the rarefied heights given so far, but maybe I'm in with a shout for oldest boots still on the go?

    My Scarpa Fitzies were bought when I was a Geology student (actually geophysics, so I don't actually know about rocks or fossils..., after the peaty soils of Arran had destroyed my Hawkins boots on the first year field course. So I got the Fitzies summer '86and they're still going strong for winter walking where I use crampons. Not on their first sole, and several pairs of Yeti gaiters past the first too.

    Pete.

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    my bike was bought (handmade 531 tubing) when I was 14 making it 44 years old. It is the main bike I have used all these years and should be approaching 100,000miles. Mind you most of it has been replaced several times but the frame and forks, re-enamelled twice,are original.

    To top everything the drophandlebars were leftover stock from my Grandfather and Uncle's bike shop closed about 1958 and collecting dust in our attic until I used them. They are now truncated and sporting added aerobars but still in use. So some claim on 52 years plus.

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    A pair of my grandfathers boots! Don't know how old they are.
    I used them when I first started walking in my 20's. That was about 27 years ago. They haven't seen a hill for a long while but they are still going strong in the garden, and comfortable.
    Does joint use/ownership count?

    Also a Rab down sleeping bag 27 years old - it's going to Bolivia in a couple of weeks and is still my warmest and best.

    Cathy

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    I'd have thought that joint ownership counts double!

    My oldest bit won't compete (I don't quite) but I do have an old rucksack I brought early university and still use for trips to/from home, shopping etc. Maybe not so far short of 15 years that.

    Much of my clothing is pretty new as I've finally got stuff fitting me properly. Which might mean it doesn't in 15 years....

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    Oldest that is still in regular use ,ithink is my Lowe Alpine Cerro Torre 50l pack .bought '84 ,been everywhere and still in one piece .

    Last use by a niece for scout camp two weeks ago .

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    I still have my grandfathers axe, the head's been replaced twice and it's had 3 new handles.


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    I've got my father's axes. They're ex-MOD WWII axes. My father modified the picks to a drooped shapeand shortened and steam-bent the shafts. They were about 40 years ahead of their time.

    I also have a 1980's Berghaus Vector rucksack, a 1970's Belstaff oilskin, 1940's mess tins, various early Karrimor daysacks, a pair of Brigham's FEB boots from the 70's, numerous Primus. Optimus and Burmos stoves etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benco View Post

    I still have my grandfathers axe, the head's been replaced twice and it's had 3 new handles.
    Ha! The old ones are still the best!

    Reminds me that my old ice axe, steel head and hickory shaft, still sees occasional service. Again, it's 36 years old, and I think I paid £15 for it from the Climbers Shop in Ambleside. It's far too heavy for anything other than day trips.

    Winging its way to me from Canada at this very moment is a lightweight replacement from Suluk46. Can't wait to get my mitts on it!

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