Category: Hardware

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Forrest Mountaineering Triton

Forrest Mountaineering released the “Triton” in 1985. It’s a combination belay device/ chock/ rappel device derived from Forrests “Titon” line of climbing protection. Bill Forrest seems to have taken the Titon idea and strengthened...

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Longware Bong Pitons

I acquired these massive LONGware bongs from Harvey T. Carter in the early 1990s right before my first trip to his beloved Fisher Towers. I was young and relatively inexperienced but had high hopes...

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Laprade Nesting Chock

  Stephane Pennequin of the Nuts Museum has written this about my interesting chock: “This exotic nut is a Coinceur Gigogne (Nest of Nut in French). It was marketed in France in 1979, by...

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Mystery Hammer

I acquired this hammer several years ago along with some soft iron pitons and items which dated to the late 1950s and early 1960s. It has no markings and manufacturing stamp of any kind....

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Forrest Mjollnir Hammer System

From the 1983 Forrest Mountaineering Catalog: The Mjollnir Hammer, the first hammer ever designed with interchangeable picks, has the distinction of having been selected for exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute. The interchangeable pick concept...

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Clog Micro Pitons

These incredibly small pitons were a mystery to me for several years. They have no markings or manufacturing stamps and I have never found another example quite so small. Recently I noticed a Supertopo...

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MARWA Ice Screws

Introduced in 1961 the Stubai MARWA ice screw was the first commercial attempt at a practical ice screw. Designed by Sebastian Mariner (1909-1989), the screws are simple and elegant but are also very difficult...