Vertical Archaeology

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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...

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Simond Asymetric Chocks

Simond Asymetric chocks were available in slung and cabled versions. The first mention I¬†can find of this interesting design is in catalogs from winter 1979. They are favorably reviewed in “High Technology” by Steven...

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Climbing Shoes: Vasque Ascender II

Vasques replacement for the original “Shoenards”, they were sold in the late 1970s through the early 1980s. They¬†came in sizes 5 thru 12 and in two widths. Ascenders were stiff and rugged for standing...