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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...

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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...