Vertical Archaeology

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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...

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Laprade Nesting Chock

  Stephane Pennequin of the Nuts Museum has written this about my interesting chock: “This exotic nut is a Coinceur Gigogne (Nest of Nut in French). It was marketed in France in 1979, by...

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Forrest Mountaineering Rabbit Runners

Bill Forrest would often include a list titled “Forrest Firsts” in his catalogs. His list of innovations and new products is impressive even today. In 1976 he listed “Rabbit Runner – First runner with...

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Mystery Hammer

I acquired this hammer several years ago along with some soft iron pitons and items which dated to the late 1950s and early 1960s. It has no markings and manufacturing stamp of any kind....

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Forrest Mjollnir Hammer System

From the 1983 Forrest Mountaineering Catalog: The Mjollnir Hammer, the first hammer ever designed with interchangeable picks, has the distinction of having been selected for exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute. The interchangeable pick concept...