Category: Hardware

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Wooden Wedges

Wooden wedges have been used by climbers for a long time. Most were home made but many early Sporthuases in Europe carried commercial versions with refinements like beveled edges, grooves for the cordage to...

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Homemade Bashies

The origin of our homemade Bashies is uncertain. They were one of the first “odd pieces” of gear in the Vertical Archaeology archives and probably date from sometime in the early 1990s or late...

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Fisher Griff Fiffi

The Griff Fiffi by Fisher was used to hook aid ladders to a piece of protection. The Ladder was clipped or tied directly to the convenient handle loop. In the photos above the red...

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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...