Category: Literature

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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…...

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Thomas Black & Sons Catalog 1959

Only the climbing related sections of the 1959 Thomas Black & Sons equipment catalog showing the selection of equipment available to British climbers at the time. The whole catalog is eighty-four pages long covering camping, skiing,...

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Forrest Mountaineering Catalog 1983

A personal Forrest story: In 1993 I worked for a small outdoor gear shop in Colorado Springs that also had an outlet in Denver. One day while rummaging around in the warehouse I discovered a treasure....

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Fisher & Sons 1964 Catalog

This is the climbing specific portion on the 1964 Fisher & Sons equipment catalog. Also covered in the booklet are shelters, clothing, cookware, and many other items for mountaineers and outdoor enthusiasts. Vertical Archaeology...

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Campbell Mountaineering catalog

Campbell Mountaineering put out this pamphlet in 1979 detailing the design and uses of their unique “wedgefast” and “saddlewedge” chocks. Their publication was fairly comprehensive and offered a good look at the state of...