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Library Collections: Realia (Artifacts)



Realia (Artifacts)—The Realia Collection includes approximately 6,000 artifacts, many of them rare and scarce, illustrating the history of climbing equipment and technology, as well as artifacts acquired by climbers during expeditions to various regions throughout the world.  Objects include a bear-skin backpack, a significant collection of gear ranging from alpenstocks to modern devices, and tents and clothing made of a variety of fabrics, from canvas to nylon to Gore-texTM, which, as a collection, highlight the role of textile innovation in outdoor activities. 

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