Category: Literature

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1928 Sporthaus Jungborn Catalog

This catalog showcases many items the modern mountaineer would recognize. There are pitons, carabiners, rappel rings, and hammers that look a bit like the types we still use. Sporthaus Jungborn seems to have been well stocked with...

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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 the 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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ASMU Sporthaus Schuster Catalog 1937

August Schuster of Munich (ASMU) started his company in 1914. ASMU manufactured high quality outdoor equipment and became especially notable for their rock and mountaineering products. Most of their axes, carabiners, pitons, and crampons...