Gear is a sentimental thing. It gets tied pretty easily to the big trips, events, and memories of our time outside. Whether it’s the camp stove you’ve had since your first backpacking trip, the boots you wore through on a big thru-hike, or the jacket that you had to patch after a fall during a hike, it’s hard to get rid of the gear attached to so many memories (even if, realistically, you probably should have thrown those boots out years ago).

We want to hear your old gear story! What’s the story behind the item you’ve had or been using the longest? What’s a piece of old gear you’re particularly attached to, and why? Share a story about your attachment to your gear for the chance to have it featured on goEast this Friday—and to win a $25 gift card if we do publish it!

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