A fascinating gear list from Clyde Ormond’s 1964 publication, the “Complete Book of Outdoor Lore.” This list is for a single hiker, travelling in mild weather.
The basic items will be:
Packboard, 3 pounds or less.
Ax, 2½ pounds.
Sleeping Bag, 4 pounds.
Cooking and eating utensils, 2 pounds.
Down vest, ½ pound.
Raincoat, ½ pound.
Underwear, shirts, socks, 2 pounds.
Camera and film, 2½ pounds.
Tarp, 2 pounds.
Emergency Kit , ½ pound.
Whetstone, matches, toothbrush, first-aid kit, etc, ½ pound.
Miscellaneous, 2 pounds.
In addition, the hiker may want to carry a fishing rod, rifle, handgun, or binoculars.
The ax should have a single-bit, 1½ pound head, and a leather sheath. It won’t exceed 2 ½ pounds.
This is an exquisite book, and I will be sharing more of it’s gems. If you come across a copy it is well worth picking up.