Category: Literature

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A5 Big Wall Tech Manual – 1988

In 1988 John Middendorf published this Big Wall Tech Manual. I remember getting my copy at Poor Richards Used Books in Colorado Springs and it was like getting the secrets of the masters handed...

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1962 Rossdale Catalog

Rossdale was a purveyor of “high class climbing equipment” as the cover proudly proclaimed. This catalog featured some interesting items such as theĀ Pierre Allain Descendeur and Decrocheur (which was new for that year), a...

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1953 Ski Hut Catalog

The Ski Hut sold camping, climbing, and general outdoor equipment from their location in Berkley, California. Many of the notable figures of 1950’s and 1960’s southern California climbing probably passed through their doors for...

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1956 Tender Leaf Tea Advertisement

Wow. This ad makes some interesting claims. My question is this: “why would climbers even need bottled oxygen if simply drinking Tender Leaf Tea could boost the oxygen in your blood by so much?”...

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1962 Keds Shoe Advertisement

  I can’t guarantee you that Keds make good climbing shoes but I can tell you that Converse All Stars are pretty bad. I once did “spaceshot” in Zion National Park in a pair…...