A brief history of backpacking

From a 5,000-year-old backpack to the average age of backpackers today …

Was discovered in 1991 in the Ötztal Alps alongside a mummified man whom scientists dubbed Ötzi the Iceman. The man and the remains of the backpack, which would have consisted of a cloth or animal skin bag on a wooden frame, date back to between 3400 and 3100BC.

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