Category: Hardware

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Leeper Anti-piton

Ed Leeper designed the “Anti-Piton” by reimagining his very effective Z piton and reversing the taper. They came in two sizes. The idea was to stack the Anti-Piton roughly perpendicular to another piton or chock....

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Rawl Hand Drills

Rawl hand drills were great tools for placing bolt and rivets in all types of rock. Shown in our photos are the #14 and #20 drill holders. These two sizes were often used by rock...

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River Tower Rivet

This  1/4 inch rivet pulled under a body weight load when I climbed the initial pitch of the Wyrick/Merrill route on the north side of the River Tower in The Fisher Towers of Utah. Climbing this route...

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Pika Mountaineering Nutbuster

This first generation Pika Mountaineering Nutbuster is an interesting tool. It is perfect for tapping out stubborn chocks, testing the occasional fixed piton, and tightening loose bolts. The earliest versions of the Nutbuster had...

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Chouinard 4 Inch Bong Pitons

The largest of Chouinard Equipments pitons, these aluminum 4 inch Bongs were used when the climbing became wide and gnarly. One of ours came to us from an old El Paso County (Colorado) equipment...

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Dolt Bolt Hangers

Dolt Bolt hangers. Vertical Archaeology recently acquired this treasure trove of Dolt hangers. Included in the collection are “strap style” hangers  in 3/8ths inch and 1/4 inch and “standard style” hangers in both sizes as well.

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Chouinard “ALCOA” Carabiners

Made from the late 1950 until 1968s, this version of the Chouinard “ALCOA” carabiner had “820   ALCOA   7075” on one side of the spine and “Chouinard” on the other. The first versions did...

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Chouinard Camalots 1st Generation

Released in 1987, these 1st generation Camalots were a major step forward in cam design. The double axles gave them greater range than a single axle design while keeping the camming angle consistent. Notable...

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Clog Bong-Bong Pitons

These Clog Bong pitons are just barely under 3 inches in size. They are early 1970s or perhaps late 1960s examples of Clog piton design.