Vertical Archaeology Blog

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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...

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1956 Tender Leaf Tea Advertisement

Wow. This ad makes some interesting claims. My question is this: “why would climbers even need bottled oxygen if simply drinking Tender Leaf Tea could boost the oxygen in your blood by so much?”...

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1962 Keds Shoe Advertisement

  I can’t guarantee you that Keds make good climbing shoes but I can tell you that Converse All Stars are pretty bad. I once did “spaceshot” in Zion National Park in a pair…...