Vertical Archaeology

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VauDe “Friend Remover”

VauDe introduced this cam extraction tool in 1986. The design is very similar to the “Climber Pal Extractor” by Sunshine Climbing Equipment and a bit like the more well know Leeper “Friend of a Friend” extractor...

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John Peters Homemade Equipment

Another unique addition to the Vertical Archaeology archives! I was contacted through Mountain Project regarding a large cache of equipment owned by John Peters who was a prolific climber in the late 1960s through 1970s...

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Climbing Shoes: Paragot “White Soles”

These shoes are French in origin and named for Robert Paragot a very accomplished French alpinist and early Fountainbleau boulder climber. Paragot was the recipient of the 2012 Piolet d’Or award for lifetime achievement....

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Stubai Habeler/Messner Hammer

The crag hammer version of the late 70s early 80s Stubai metal shaft hammer. I have yet to conclusively date this version but research reveals two very similar versions, the “Walker” and the “Combi-hammer”,...

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MOAC Nuts

In U.K. in the early 1960s John Brailsford designed the first MOAC style nuts. Ellis Brigham Sporting Goods began producing and selling the nuts naming them MOAC for “Mountain Activities”. Originally the nut was...

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Clog Cog Chocks

New in 1976, Clog departed from the straight sided designs favored by other manufacturers and introduced the Cog chocks sizes #1 through #10. The unique rounded protrusions allowed for jamming and surprisingly stabile camming...