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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...

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Ellis Brigham Catalog (1972) Selected Pages

This is a great catalog! 50 pages of 1972 climbing and outdoor equipment with a few items that were never readily available in the U.S. markets. This catalog is a large format which barely fits...

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Swing Side Pulley (Early 1960s)

This pulley has no manufacturers stamp. The example found in the 1965 Recreational Equipment Inc. catalog is also free of any markings and matches in all other measurements listed. The pulley has a 3/8 inch hex head...

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Leeper Project

Two interesting pieces from a large collection of Leeper equipment which came up for sale on Mountain Project and eventually sold to a used gear shop in Northern Colorado. Vertical Archaeology acquired these two odd...