A Bay Area researcher by the name of Lincoln sent me this scan of a 1967 Sierra Club poster, and reminded me of the very major role that the classic gear companies played in the rise of the modern environmental movement. The chief underlying dynamic lay in their selling of great volumes of wonderful, comfortable gear in which to go backpacking and climbing. They truly popularized "enjoying the great outdoors," and vast numbers of Americans who were not hunters or fishermen took to outdoor pursuits as diverse as long-distance bicycling, kayaking and ice climbing-- for all of which they needed and wanted the very best modern gear.Sometimes the role of the companies would be even more direct-- In the Bay Area, often the major companies such as Trailwise, Ski Hut, North Face and Sierra Designs, and/or their employees/managers would be part of sponsoring or otherwise supporting such events as this big environmental conference at the San Francisco Hilton Hotel.
Related note: during the past few decades there has also been a proliferation of imitation cups made by a large variety of outdoor companies. Some of the older ones from classic gear companies are collectible in their own right. Also of interest in the History of Gear is that such "branding" was not limited to Sierra Cups, as evidenced by the image at page bottom, which involves The North Face, and again Holubar Mountaineering.
HISTORY OF GEAR BOOK
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five books available, including two in inexpensive PDF download
BOOK ABOUT FROSTLINE KITS WAS PUBLISHED IN LATE 2007. IT CONTAINS
ORIGINAL INTERVIEWS AND A FORWRD BY DALE JOHNSON, THE COMPANY'S
FOUNDER. PLEASE VISIT MY FROSTLINE PAGE IF INTERESTED. My books about Holubar, MSR, Stephenson's Warmlite
and GERRY are also finished and available.