NEW - Gone Camping: Outfitting the Adirondack Campsite

May 22 — October 12, 2015

Would you have carried THAT into the woods? Could you have made dinner using THIS? Should you be bringing THESE?

Gone Camping explores how changes in society and technology from the 1800s to today have influenced camping as a recreational activity and affected the tools and methods we use when enjoying the great outdoors.

The Adirondacks are often thought of as the birthplace of recreational camping in the United States, jump-started by the publication of William Murray's book Adventures in the Wilderness in 1869, and the region has probably seen just about everything people can think up for portable wilderness gear.

The exhibition's historic Adirondack artifacts and modern equipment help paint a picture of how backpacks, clothing, tents, cookware, accessories, and other items have changed since that time nearly 150 years ago. For example, you can see and compare the early packbasket made Orson "Old Mountain" Phelps to the military-style rucksack used by George Marshall in the 1950s to today's lightweight frames and flyweight packs.

Activities for families with young children include discovery stations where you can compare the weights of 1800s equipment with that of today's, test your packing skills, investigate different types of fabric, and much more.

Show highlights include a luxurious, Egyptian-themed tent used at the Adirondack League Club near Old Forge; a reversible-camouflage, two-man tent used by the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, and a 1920s Zagelmeyer pop-up camping trailer.

Generously Sponsored By

International Paper Foundation


Mountain Man Outdoor Supply Company