Category: Hardware

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Chouinard Bashies (Complete Set)

Chouinard Bashies were available from 1982 through 1984. They are soft aluminum blocks designed to be pasted into shallow placements with the aid of a few hammer blows. Like a copperhead, they would mold...

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Forrest Mountaineering Plastic Foxhead

Offered by Forrest Mountaineering in 1974, this single cable plastic Foxhead chock only available in the #3 size. The photos show that the casting for the plastic version was unique and not a direct copy...

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Early Chouinard Knifeblade Pitons

Early 1960’s Chouinard Knifeblade pitons from the personal rack of Steve Komito the well known Estes Park, Colorado cobbler and climber. Komito has been a steady fixture of Colorado climbing for many years. He often partnered...

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VauDe “Friend Remover”

VauDe introduced this cam extraction tool in 1986. The design is very similar to the “Climber Pal Extractor” by Sunshine Climbing Equipment and a bit like the more well know Leeper “Friend of a Friend” extractor...

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John Peters Homemade Equipment

Another unique addition to the Vertical Archaeology archives! I was contacted through Mountain Project regarding a large cache of equipment owned by John Peters who was a prolific climber in the late 1960s through 1970s...

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Stubai Habeler/Messner Hammer

The crag hammer version of the late 70s early 80s Stubai metal shaft hammer. I have yet to conclusively date this version but research reveals two very similar versions, the “Walker” and the “Combi-hammer”,...