Climbers with packs rest on log. Photo NVMA 1110-7.

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A Break on the Trail

Photographed in the 1940s, this group of climbers is shown on a break from carrying their heavy loads. The packs appear to be of the “Trapper Nelson” variety with external frames. Everyone carried an ice axe, a useful walking and hiking tool even before traversing snow or ice.

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