Vertical Archaeology Blog


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...


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...


German Hobnails

One unopened box of four sided standard mid-sole hobs circa 1939. These nails were attached to the middle area of the forefoot and heel to increase grip and fill in the smooth sole. Muggers...