Vertical Archaeology Blog

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1953 Ski Hut Catalog

The Ski Hut sold camping, climbing, and general outdoor equipment from their location in Berkley, California. Many of the notable figures of 1950’s and 1960’s southern California climbing probably passed through their doors for...

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ASMU Sporthaus Schuster Catalog 1937

August Schuster of Munich (ASMU) started his company in 1914. ASMU manufactured high quality outdoor equipment and became especially notable for their rock and mountaineering products. Most of their axes, carabiners, pitons, and crampons...

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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...