Category: Literature

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1950 Viking Rope Booklet

Vertical Archaeology presents thisViking rope booklet for historical purposes only. The techniques presented, although sound, are dated and many are specific to the type of rope and equipment in use at the time. Ken...

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Mountaineering 1893

Lately I’ve been enjoying some great examples of early mountaineering literature. The tone of the writing and the subjects addressed are fascinating. Published in 1893, Mountaineering by Claude Wilson is a thorough exploration of...

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1938 Raffi Bedayan Photo

Raffi Bedayan (Bedayn) 1915-1982 Bedayn was a noted California climber active in the early days of the Sierra Club and as a board member of the American Alpine Club. He was on the first...

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Early Sierra Club Rock Climbing Section Guidelines

This interesting piece of history is from Dr. Robert Underhill’s private library. Dr. Underhill was contacted by the Francis Farquhar of the Sierra Club in the early 1930’s to train members in techniques he learned while climbing...

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Vertical Archaeology in Alpinist Magazine

Vertical Archaeology contributed to the “Tool User” feature in Alpinist #54. We dug into our archives and pulled out two beautiful vintage European Fifi hooks from the 1930s. The article tells the story of a close...