Vertical Archaeology Blog

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Edelrid Bivo

Edelrid produced the first Bivo cams in 1984. This is a later production model which has the improved trigger design.  Stéphane Pennequins Nuts Museum has more on these unique cams.

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Bergsport Joker

The Joker was first produced around 1985. These cams had two moving cam lobes and a third fixed cam surface in opposition. The stem was a flexible spring design which would allow the stem to bend in...

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Home Made Hardware

The art of making your own equipment is largely forgotten today. There was once a time when quality climbing gear either wasn’t readily available or didn’t come in the sizes or shapes climbers needed...

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38th Regimental Combat Team Training Day Program

This is a very interesting piece of military climbing history. The 38th R.C.T. (Regimental Combat Team) published a simple program to introduce and outline a demonstration of their basic mountain skills training. The text...

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Eiger Equipment

A collection of miscellaneous Eiger equipment from the Vertical Archaeology archives. The pitons are standard European soft iron types with the “Eiger” logo stamped on one side of the anvil.

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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...