Vertical Archaeology

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LONGware Bolt Hangers

LONGware Bolt Hangers! Vertical Archaeology has received many inquiries regarding LONGware hanger production and dating. Shown here are three unique designs manufactured by Dick Long in the 1950s and 60s. It’s difficult to date a lot of these...

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Simond Bicoin Nuts

Available in both slung and wired versions, these chocks were straight sided and clean. They were a very basic and versatile design. These nuts were manufactured beginning in late 1970’s and remained in production...

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Harvey T. Carter Equipment

Featured in this gallery is the equipment I have collected from my time climbing and exploring with desert legend Harvey T. Carter. I climbed with him hundreds of times in the 1990s and our...

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Talon Hook Evolution

Vertical Archaeology would like to thank Talon designer Andrew McLean for very kindly donating one of his personal original Talon hooks to our archive. We would also like to thank Barry Ward for passing...

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Leeper Channel Piton Prototype

A true one of a kind item. This piton was in a box of prototypes and old hangers purchased from Ed Leeper and passing through the hands of a few folks before arriving at...

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Forrest Mountaineering Chest Harness

“New Old Stock” or NOS is a retail term used to describe older items still in original packaging but past their usual sales life. This Chest Harness is in perfect condition having been stored...

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9 Inch Wooden Lobe Cam

I built this wooden cam with parts from my garage. Everything on it came from the local hardware store and has been repurposed into an actual functioning unit. The stem and axel are steel...