The Rocky Mountaineers is an outing club based in Missoula, Montana that offers adventure opportunities and promotes the acquisition of skills necessary to thrive in the mountain environment.

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Tuesday, April 10th- 6:00-8:00- Imagine Nation Brewing Company
"Synthetic Wilderness: How the History of Outdoor Clothing and Gear Shapes Outdoor Recreation Today"

Why do we go shopping on our way to the wilderness? Since the Civil War, millions of men and women have gone to the woods imagining they were escaping modern life. But the equipment and clothing they take with them could hardly be more modern. The evolution of the American outdoor industry from buckskin to Gore-Tex shows how companies and outdoorspeople alike worked to make consumer culture a central part of the outdoor experience.

This talk will focus on iconic gear from different eras of outdoor recreation—from bloomers to army surplus to Gore-Tex—to show the tremendous impact the outdoor industry has had on American life.
Dr. Rachel Gross is a historian of the outdoor industry in the United States. She is completing a book manuscript on the history of outdoor clothing and equipment “from buckskin to Gore-Tex.” Gross is a Postdoctoral Teaching, Research, and Mentoring Fellow at the Davidson Honors College of the University of Montana, where she teaches U.S. environmental and consumer culture history.  She is currently organizing a museum exhibit on “Outdoor Recreation in Montana” that explores how equipment ranging from backpacks to hiking boots help bring meaning to consumers’ outdoor experiences. The exhibit, at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula and other venues around Missoula, will feature oral history interviews from residents as well as artifacts that trace the evolution of technology in outdoor recreation from World War II to the present.  

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The club is increasing it dues to $40 for a family memberhip, $25 for an individual membership and $15 youth membership for those age 22 and under.  If you join now, your membership is good until April 30, 2019.  Join now.

The Rocky Mountaineers is a non-profit club dedicated
to the enjoyment and promotion of responsible outdoor adventures.