Vertical Archaeology

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A5 Oval Carabiners

Two A5 Grade VI oval carabiners with 4000 lbs. strength. They seem to be a pretty standard oval design common in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The 1988 A5 Adventures catalog lists SMC...

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Forrest Mountaineering Plastic Foxhead

Offered by Forrest Mountaineering in 1974, this single cable plastic Foxhead chock only available in the #3 size. The photos show that the casting for the plastic version was unique and not a direct copy...

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Ellis Brigham catalog Supplement 1969

Offered as a supplement to highlight new products or exclusive offers, this short catalog showcases a nice selection of equipment for 1969. The “Chockstone” page shows the current Clog pieces and the original style...

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Fisher Sports Catalog

Dating this catalog is a little tricky. Some retailers used to intentionally leave dates off of their catalogs so the issue could be considered “current” for as long as possible. Here are my thoughts: Several guidebooks...

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Early Chouinard Knifeblade Pitons

Early 1960’s Chouinard Knifeblade pitons from the personal rack of Steve Komito the well known Estes Park, Colorado cobbler and climber. Komito has been a steady fixture of Colorado climbing for many years. He often partnered...

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Bergsport Catalogs 1983, 1983, 1985, 1986

Selected pages of the 1985 Bergsport Equipment catalog (in German). These full color pages offer a unique glimpse of some of the climbing gear available to European climbers in 1985. Colors were bright, equipment was still...