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What 12 years in a glacier does to a backpack

Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by Exploriment, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. Exploriment

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    I really dislike the term “bombproof” to describe outdoor gear. But after seeing this, I’m wondering if “glacier proof” will become the new marketing hype term.

    The short story is that a man fell into a crevasse a dozen years ago on the Athabasca Glacier in Alberta. He was with only one friend, who went to get help. The people who came pulled the man out, but his pack stayed behind, and they weren’t about to risk their lives to salvage it.

    Fast forward a dozen years, and the man goes back to the area and finds his pack. It had been pushed down about 500 meters, emerging from the ice on a moraine.

    Pretty astonishing to see what 12 years of being mangled by a relentless glacier does to the contents of a pack.

    http://www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/news/crevasse.html
     
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  2. Blaklader Pockets

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    Wow. At least HE got out of the glacier :)
     
  3. ltbarber

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    This link was informative, entertaining, and just cool! Thank you for posting it.
     
  4. Mike R

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    Wow! Interesting.
     
  5. Jeremy Henry

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    This is cool - thanks for sharing!
     
  7. TARFU
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    They were VERY lucky there was no loss of life.
     
  8. T.H.Cone

    T.H.Cone I am senor Fluffy, hear me roar

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    The MSR (fuel) and Nalgene bottles really took a beating, eh?
     
  9. Sriracha

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    Very cool! +1!!!!
     
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    Yep. Cool as ice. ;)
     
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  11. Myrddraal

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    I've been waiting for someone to say "Analogous to my marriage", or the like.
     
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    Great find. Thank you for sharing.

    I don't know what I expected going in but I am glad that the clothes may have survived!
     
  13. nick nitro

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    I must have read it to fast, but I did not catch the bag manufacturer?
     
  14. Gash

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    My brother and I tried our damnedest to break a nalgene bottle about ten years ago. We did everything from filling it and throwing it off a small cliff onto rocks, to driving over it, to taking a sledgehammer to it.

    Seeing a glacier have a crack at it for a decade and succeeding only in springing a leak makes me feel a little better.
     
  15. T.H.Cone

    T.H.Cone I am senor Fluffy, hear me roar

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    Repeatedly put one full of water in your freezer and I can assure you, you can do at least as well as that glacier.
     
  16. Brules

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    Very cool story.