Vertical Archaeology Blog

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Forrest Mountaineering Triton

Forrest Mountaineering released the “Triton” in 1985. It’s a combination belay device/ chock/ rappel device derived from Forrests “Titon” line of climbing protection. Bill Forrest seems to have taken the Titon idea and strengthened...

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Cord Climbing Knickers

These climbing knickers (knickerbockers, knee pants, ect.) were made in the late 1970s or early 1980s when you could still commonly find them in climbing shops and sporting goods stores. The were rapidly falling...

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Longware Bong Pitons

I acquired these massive LONGware bongs from Harvey T. Carter in the early 1990s right before my first trip to his beloved Fisher Towers. I was young and relatively inexperienced but had high hopes...

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4-Season Forrest Mountaineering Wall Womb

  From the 1983 Forrest Mountaineering Catalog: Forrest 4-Season Wall Womb Single Anchor Hammock The Forrest Wall Womb has become a standard in the wall climbing community. The functional design of our single anchor...