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Resurrecting an old Coleman Peak 1 pack frame.


Sonoran Dave

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I have been needing a pack frame for, well...packing stuff. Whether a drywasher and crap, or a deer. I grew up using aluminum framed packs, which was about like strapping a step ladder your back. Back when I was a teenager I had an old Peak 1 bag that was the most comfortable I have ever used. The plastic Ram X frame twisted and flexed with my movements, but was still really strong. I packed 1/2 a moose out on one (it took 4 trips for my half). The pack was involuntarily relieved of me by a sticky fingered individual sometime during high school.

Ran across a used one the other day for dirt cheap, like 10 bucks!

Did a little reading online and found that several active duty guys were using the Peak 1 frames as a direct replacement for the Molle frame.

They are using Molle shoulder straps and hip belts for the Peak 1 frame. Some are even fitting Alice rucks to them.

I ordered a full set of Molle straps off fleabay for $26.00

to replace the outdated and deteriorated ones...and they fit! Like they were made for it20150508_180457_zpsxjeclila.jpg

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You can even hook up the load lifter straps to take some weight off your shoulders

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Completed frame ready for hauling.

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A bottom of the line aluminum packframe can set you back at least $100.00. For only $36.00 I can get my stuff places most folks dont go, and in a lot more comfort than an aluminum one

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Very nice setup, Dave. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for one of those frames. I'm currently using an Alice pack on an old Jansport aluminum frame. It works fine, and I've been lugging it around for 35 years...LOL. But, there are time when I'd like a more substantial load-carrying capability....that one looks good.

Jim

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Thanks guys :)

I like it. I wore it around a little yesterday with some weight on it. Really very comfortable. They made a couple different sizes of those frames. I guess the smaller one fits the Alice ruck very well, although some are mounting them on the larger frame like the one I have. Length of mine is 34" I wanted more frame for my uses(packing in drywashers, sluices, highbankers, gas vac, etc...)

Those military straps are suprisingly easy on the body. I just thought it was cool that they fit so well on that frame. I will be putting it to use soon. Mining season in Alaska is getting closer :)

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That is one great looking set-up ... My old aluminum ladder rack frame broke several years ago and I haven't been able to find a satisfactory replacement. That Peak looks real good ... wonder if there is another out in a yard sale somewhere ... maybe find one when I go back east. They tend to like much smaller frames back there unless walking the Appalachian Trail ... then the big ones are the rule rather than the exception. and the Molle harness looks like it was made for that frame! Good score!

Mike F

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I'm sure there are more out there Mike. Found mine at a garage sale.

Outdoor Products aquired the rights to the Peak 1 design several years back. They produced it for awhile. I have not heard any input( good or bad)on whether they were as good as the Coleman ones. They may be worth a look. If you stumble upon one cheap...snag it. Very comfortable!

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Very good set up. Proffesional.

I throw my dry washer in a duffel bag and sewed clips on to attach the hose, the blower, and a quart of gas. I dont have a frame and it gets quite painful. Ive not hiked that set up for more than a mile each way.

When I get back to AZ, I'd like to go off the beaten path for a few days. Everything Ive done so far had been an hour or two drive from 4 Million people in Phoenix. I drove by Oatman today thinking a place like that would be a good place to go that cant get hit up by every day trip prospector.

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Lots of luck Dave. Last time I threw a pak on my back with a pump :arrowheadsmiley: it was NOT a good thing, ledge frame and all didn't even help. Say la vee-Old made new again, like my various replaced parts and more in the works hahaha-tons a au 2 u 2-John

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Arctic Dave, Could you give me specific numbers for ordering those Molle2 straps? I have an old Peak 1 frame and like it very much. I've had it for over thirty years and i would love to put the straps on mine like the ones you have on yours. Just haven't found the right place to get it yet.

Thanks

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Back in the day, I used to use a Stansport Freighter Aluminum Pack Frame to resupply my backcountry ranger station in the Olympics, and they still sell it.  Comes with a shelf I’d use for carrying bulky items like boxes and hose packs, but it may also be useful for packing in prospecting equipment.

it would be fairly easy to DIY a similar shelf on almost any frame using clamps from a local hardware store, the placement of a shelf at the bottom of the frame that retracts is really useful for carrying large items.

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I had a similar experience. If they didn't make the peak one for the ALICE system, it is an incredible coincidence. The only difference is I cut off the frame above the first cross bar and fabricated a "mount" for the ALICE bag. I've dragged that combo all over the Matazal wilderness until my second automobile accident took me out of heavy hiking. If you would like to see pics of what I did, drop me an email at firewaterforgeaz@yahoo.com. I'd be happy to discuss it.

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