Vertical Archaeology

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Forrest Mountaineering Catalog 1983

A personal Forrest story: In 1993 I worked for a small outdoor gear shop in Colorado Springs that also had an outletĀ in Denver. One day while rummaging around in the warehouse I discoveredĀ a treasure....

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Peck Pitons

Peck channel pitons were made in the mid to late 1960’s by Peck Climbing Company. Trevor Peck made a few different types of equipment but was better known for his “Cracker” chocks than his...

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MARWA Carabiners

These beautiful carabiners were produced in the 1950s through to the late1960s. They were strong and well made with several design features ahead of their time. The graceful arched spine set them apart from...

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Chouinard “Wire Style” Cleaning Tool

This Chouinard cleaning tool, or “nut pick” as it’s sometimes known, was produced in 1985 and was available for only one year. The steel wire was set in a light weight T handle and...

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Fisher & Sons 1964 Catalog

This is the climbing specific portion on the 1964 Fisher & Sons equipment catalog. Also covered in the booklet are shelters, clothing, cookware, and many other items for mountaineers and outdoor enthusiasts. Vertical Archaeology...

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1952 Osborne Coinage Carabiners

Osborne Coinage 1952 Carabiner After some internet research and a half dozen emails to military historians, old company representatives, service veterans, and even eBay sellers; I finally have pieced together some information on a...

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B.A.T. Hammock

Designed by Warren Harding and Roger Derryberry, the B.A.T.hammock and B.A.T.tent were two of the first commercially available bigwall bivy systems. The hammock hangs from a single point and has no built in adjustability....

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Campbell Mountaineering catalog

Campbell Mountaineering put out this pamphlet in 1979 detailing the design and uses of their unique “wedgefast” and “saddlewedge” chocks. Their publication was fairly comprehensive and offered a good look at the state of...