Vertical Archaeology

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Chouinard Drilled Hexcentrics

Chouinard factory drilled hexes from 1978. Sizes #7 through #11 were drilled out to save weight when the hexes were still “thick walled”. The next design changed to a “thinner walled” stock and made...

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Forrest Pin Bin (1st Generation)

This is the first generation Forrest Pin Bin. The bins had simple tapered gates instead of the later spring-style gate. Some interesting details of the early Forrest Pin Bin include: An adjustable shoulder sling...

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Wooden Wedges

Wooden wedges have been used by climbers for a long time. Most were home made but many early Sporthuases in Europe carried commercial versions with refinements like beveled edges, grooves for the cordage to...

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Sierra Club Rock Climbing Section Pin

Found on eBay and donated to our archives, not much is known about this pin. The Sierra Club RCS was a meeting place for many significant names in American climbing in the 1950s, 1960,...

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Homemade Bashies

The origin of our homemade Bashies is uncertain. They were one of the first “odd pieces” of gear in the Vertical Archaeology archives and probably date from sometime in the early 1990s or late...

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Fisher Griff Fiffi

The Griff Fiffi by Fisher was used to hook aid ladders to a piece of protection. The Ladder was clipped or tied directly to the convenient handle loop. In the photos above the red...

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Chouinard Bashies (Complete Set)

Chouinard Bashies were available from 1982 through 1984. They are soft aluminum blocks designed to be pasted into shallow placements with the aid of a few hammer blows. Like a copperhead, they would mold...