Vertical Archaeology

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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...

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Clog Micro Pitons

These incredibly small pitons were a mystery to me for several years. They have no markings or manufacturing stamps and I have never found another example quite so small. Recently I noticed a Supertopo...

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MARWA Ice Screws

Introduced in 1961 the Stubai MARWA ice screw was the first commercial attempt at a practical ice screw. Designed by Sebastian Mariner (1909-1989), the screws are simple and elegant but are also very difficult...

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Jeff Lowe / Wayne Goss Gear Sling

I’m not sure of when Jeff Lowe and Wayne Goss were in business together as Mountain Gear Incorporated. Jeff Lowe’s online biography doesn’t list the partnership but does ┬ácover his move to Colorado in...