Vertical Archaeology

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The Eiger Sanction

“The Eiger Sanction” is one of my favorite climbing movies. Released on May 21, 1975 in the United States and through out the summer in other countries, the movie didn’t do great business and was considered...

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Glacier Cream Sun Screen

I found an advertisement for Glacier Sunscreen Cream in the 1965 Blacks catalog and we are very happy to have this new tube and decent original box in the Vertical Archaeology archives. Too often the...

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Lowe Alpine Systems Hummingbird Ice Axes

These recently donated axes are great early production models from approximately 1974. They had recessed 5mm threaded set screws holding the tube picks in place and rolled steel pins securing the head to the fiberglass...

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Edelrid Bivo

Edelrid produced the first Bivo cams in 1984. This is a later production model which has the improved trigger design.  Stéphane Pennequins Nuts Museum has more on these unique cams.

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Bergsport Joker

The Joker was first produced around 1985. These cams had two moving cam lobes and a third fixed cam surface in opposition. The stem was a flexible spring design which would allow the stem to bend in...

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Home Made Hardware

The art of making your own equipment is largely forgotten today. There was once a time when quality climbing gear either wasn’t readily available or didn’t come in the sizes or shapes climbers needed...

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38th Regimental Combat Team Training Day Program

This is a very interesting piece of military climbing history. The 38th R.C.T. (Regimental Combat Team) published a simple program to introduce and outline a demonstration of their basic mountain skills training. The text...

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Eiger Equipment

A collection of miscellaneous Eiger equipment from the Vertical Archaeology archives. The pitons are standard European soft iron types with the “Eiger” logo stamped on one side of the anvil.