Category: Hardware

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CMI Crack Tacks

CMI Crack Tacks were postage stamp size pitons available from the mid to late 1960s through the late 1970s. Their basic design was similar to the bigger knife blade style pins from Chouinard but,...

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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....