About Basecamp Vintage

In the early 70s my father invested in quality outdoor and camping gear which he used and cared for greatly. Today he still uses that same equipment and it works as well as ever. It is my goal to salvage these beautiful pieces of  history and craftsmanship and give them a second life serving the outdoor communities around the world.

If you’re looking for a specific piece to complete your collection, or because they just don’t make em’ like they used to, feel free to drop me a line.


May your days be better spent outdoors.


45 Responses to “About Basecamp Vintage”

  1. bobglass January 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    I’m looking for all kinds of vintage backpacking/mountaineering gear and clothing but the two things on the top of my list right now are a sierra designs 3 man tent (tepee design) and a yakworks yak pack. I have a bunch of stuff that I can offer in trade as well as cash.

    • Basecamp Vintage January 23, 2012 at 1:22 am #

      First off just want to thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I will certainly keep an eye out for the items you are looking for. The only tents I have right now are two-man from Alpine Designs and Sunshine. I also have medium size packs from Holubar and Alpine Designs. Feel free to check out the Basecamp Vintage eBay and Etsy stores for the latest and contact me directly if you see anything you like. Also any other items I can keep an eye out for let me know and I’ll do my best to find them.


      • Jess April 22, 2016 at 7:18 am #

        Hi, Rob. Are you based in California? Do you have a location that can be visited?

      • Basecamp Vintage April 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

        Hi Jess, I am in Colorado and don’t currently have a retail location. Let me know if there is anything specific you are looking for. Thanks.

  2. Jordan February 22, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    I was wondering if you had any vintage daypacks for sale?


    • Basecamp Vintage February 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

      Hi Jordan,
      Not at the moment but I should have some soon. I will let you know what I get when I get it.
      Thanks for looking,

  3. don slocum March 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    please advise when you get vintage swiss army salt and pepper ruck sacks in thank you.

  4. Jordan March 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I recently bought a vintage daypack and the foam in the straps has hardened. Do you know of a place that repairs daypack straps?


    • Basecamp Vintage March 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      Hi Jordan,
      Here are links to a few businesses that can most likely help you out. Please note this is not an endorsement for either business as I have not used their services. But, hopefully they can provide you with estimates for your repair or direct you to another outfit that can help.



  5. dan April 21, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    hi i can’t seem to get your etsy page to load on my computer. can you please tell me how much you want for the wilderness expeperience carry on bag. sure would love to find an original caribou mountaineering briefcase with the old style caribou tag. thanks much and best of luck

    • Basecamp Vintage April 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

      The Etsy page is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/basecampvintage really don’t have much listed at the moment but should have some more boots and packs up soon.
      I appreciate you interest in the Wilderness Experience carry-on. If you’re in the states I could get it to you for $20. Let me know if that’s reasonable. feel feet to email me at rob@basecampvintage.com with any further questions.

  6. Marek Sawczuk October 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm #


    I noticed that you have a Sierra Designs, Terra III listed here (yes it’s is a Terra III not IV – Terra III = 3 Seasons; Terra IV = 4 seasons; both had same foot print if I remember right).

    Anyway is it available for sale?

    Thank you,


    • Basecamp Vintage October 24, 2012 at 2:58 am #

      Hi Marek, Thanks for the info. Unfortunately this tent is no longer available.

  7. trevor December 27, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    Looking for holubar ultimate sleeping bag.

    • Basecamp Vintage January 9, 2013 at 5:42 am #

      No Ultimate at the moment. Do have a Sugarloaf and an older bag I believe is a Timberline. Let me know if interested.
      Thanks for checking out the blog.

      • trevor January 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

        Email me a contact #, and I will be in touch.

  8. Hunter Oatman-Stanford February 26, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    Hi there,

    We just built a new vintage backpacks page at Collectors Weekly, and I thought you might find it a good resource (plus it filters some lovely auctions up for grab via eBay).


    Let me know if you have any questions…


  9. Jonh OConnor April 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    Im trying to find out if the AlpineDesigns plastic frame pack has sold , if not Im interested in buying it. Thanks John

    • Basecamp Vintage April 8, 2014 at 3:20 am #

      Hello and thank you for checking out the blog. Unfortunately this pack was sold to a buyer in Japan a while back. I will let you know if come across another.
      thanks again,

  10. Rick July 21, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Just wondering if your Roughear A-2 jacket is still available? A long shot as I think posted on Aug 14th
    Very many thanks

    • Basecamp Vintage July 22, 2014 at 4:37 am #

      HI Rick, I’m sorry, no longer have the jacket. Just keeping the post up to provide additional info to others.
      thanks for looking, Rob

  11. Vincent September 4, 2014 at 1:59 am #

    I was wondering if you had The North Face leather bottom rucksack backpack – brown label made in the usa?

    • Basecamp Vintage October 7, 2014 at 4:41 am #

      Hi Vincent, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Yes the pack is Made in the USA. The earliest TNF Brown Labels did not contain the text “Made in the USA”. I believe it was in about the mid 1970s that they added it, even though everything prior to then was still made in the USA.

  12. Katie Mahoney December 16, 2014 at 2:11 am #

    I recently purchased 2 Camp 7 Boulder Colorado articles. One is a ski jacket or parka. it’s muted orange with a yellow-tan lining. The other is a mummy sleeping bag, bright blue. The jacket is incredible I paid about $6 for itat a thrift shop in Cedar Crest, New Mexico & the mummy sleeping bag I got today in Edgewood. New Mexico. I l

    • Basecamp Vintage January 5, 2015 at 3:10 am #

      Two awesome finds! I love camp7 as all the Colorado brands of that era.

  13. Wes Bishop January 22, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

    I believe I found a pair of unworn Danner Lights from ’79 or early 80’s. They are in mint condition. The tongue reads Danner size 7n Style 48066 lot#7601. Please let me know if you’re interested in taking a look at them or if you can tell me more about the style/model. Thanks.

    • Basecamp Vintage January 26, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

      A good pair of old Danner is always a great find! I don’t have much info specific to that style, but I bet you are right, an earlier version of what is now known as the Light. I’ve seen several different variations of the famed leather and Courdura uppers over the years.

  14. Joe S. March 24, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    Hi! I have an Alpine Designs day pack designed for x-country skiing. I purchased it in, I believe, 1970. It is in great shape except for the zippers……all three are frozen up completely. I love the pack…..leather bottom and shoulder straps…..and very heavy duty fabric. I would like to find someone to replace the zippers in a way that respects the integrity of my old friend. Can you recommend someone? Many thanks for honoring our heritage!!

    • Basecamp Vintage March 31, 2015 at 3:37 am #

      Hi Joe, thanks for checking out the blog. Sounds like you have a great old bag on your hands. Is it just the zipper head that is stuck or are the teeth corroded together? If it just seems to be the zipper head you might try using some mineral oil (careful not to get it on the fabric) or some powdered graphite to see if you can free it up. working on the zipper head with a small screw driver to loosen its grip on the teeth may help get it sliding, Then you can clamp it back down with some pliers to make sure the teeth always join properly. I’ve fixed a lot of zippers that aren’t properly joining in this manner, but never un-stuck one….
      A couple professionals you could reach out to if you need zippers replaced are http://rainypass.com/ who is REI’s official repair shop. Or http://www.stitchlines.com/
      Hope you get that bag back in use soon.

  15. james griffith September 23, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    Ever get any Camp 7 fleece jackets?

  16. studio918 September 23, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

    Ever get any old Camp 7 fleece jackets?

    • Basecamp Vintage October 8, 2015 at 4:43 am #

      I wish! Never seen one before, but if I do I’ll let you know. Thanks for checking.

  17. fraserjamesmcintyre October 22, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    Hi love the site, im looki g for the name of a brand the jumpers ar like fleece material the have a big centre pocket with a big logo on it. The logo looks like sort of ethnic peint like native american or somthing? Sorry not a lot to go on but im desperate for the name thank you.

    Keep up the awsome site, fraser

  18. fraserjamesmcintyre October 22, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    Hi there
    Im looking for the name of a brand they make fleece/jumpers with a half zip anf a centre pocket with a flap and a big logo on it. The logo is long and is in a sort of ethnic style print like native american.
    Thanks id really appreciate any help you can give me.

  19. Louis November 28, 2015 at 7:43 am #

    Some time ago, I inherited a pack that looks something like the Swiss Army Backpack. It’s made of canvas, leather and metal. The front pouch has a Meili zipper pull.

    It has some stains, one of the straps is torn (the detached end is in the front pocket), it looks like someone’s name has been covered by a Magic Marker, and the leather fringe around the flap has some cracks.

    Before I cut this up, recycle the metal, and throw the rest away, I have to ask: Is this pack worth restoring? Would anyone want it?

    • Basecamp Vintage December 14, 2015 at 1:19 am #

      Thanks for the comment. Sounds like an interesting piece. The writing of ones name and sometimes address and phone is pretty common on these old pieces. I find a lot with that info on them. I’d say it’s worth restoring if you’re up for it. Or you could list it on eBay with all its interest and there may be someone out there who would want to restore it or use as a parts piece to restore another. Leather straps and other bits are hard to find so someone may want it. Thanks.

      • Louis December 14, 2015 at 5:05 am #

        Thanks for the reply. The pack is free to a good home.

      • Louis February 26, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

        Going twice… If anybody wants this, I’ll ship it anywhere in the US. If I don’t hear from anyone in a week or so, it’s going into the trash.

  20. Simon February 23, 2016 at 4:25 am #

    Hi Rob!

    Simon from Montreal. Been collecting vintage era mountaineering backpacks for years. Do you have an e-mail address, I’d like to exchange knowledge! Looking forward to it.

  21. Larry April 9, 2016 at 4:21 am #

    Hi, I was wondering if you still have those Frye suede boots and if so how much would they be, I wore those back in the ’70s on motorcycles, LOL

    • Basecamp Vintage April 26, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

      Awesome. Sorry the boots have sold. Hope you’re able to find a pair! What a classy riding boot they are.

  22. Dave C. May 6, 2016 at 4:44 am #

    Hello. I have been trying to identify a vintage pup tent for over a year now. Is there a way I can post or send a pic for you to view?

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