Vertical Archaeology Blog

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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...

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Climbing Shoes: Kleber

These Kleber climbing shoes are a great example of state-of-the-art climbing footwear from the mid to late 1970s. They are extremely well made and have a solid toe and foot bed. Overall they seem...