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I know some of you have amassed a small climbing gear museum...either collectable old climbing gear, or historically significant gear bootied on climbs you have done. I (and I think others) would be interested in seeing what you have. So show off some pics and description of have you've got!

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Most of the old gear got recycled--except my orange fiberglass Stubai axe and blue wool Dachstiens-- but I've got some good non-gear museum stuff.

 

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Nice, and thank you! Yep, I had some cool old gear, but I decided our house was too small to have such stuff laying around. Now I have some great old books, those are my favorite historical possessions. I'll try to get a photo, but I have some nice old PNW climbing books. Which of those books is your favorite? I don't think I've seen any of them but that "Routes and Rocks" book.

 

Now some of you have to have some old axes, crampons, protection, or booty from the days of old. Lets see it!

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As volunteer chair of the Mountaineers History Committee, I find myself custodian of some cool artifacts.

 

The majority of the artifacts that the Mountaineers once held (including Pete Schoening's famous K2 ice axe) were donated to the Washington State Historical Society in 1998. But some interesting stuff remains, and I've gradually been creating an inventory.

 

You can see some photos and descriptions here:

 

https://mountaineers.atlassian.net/wiki/display/ARCH/Artifacts

 

The online catalog is not complete. I've been adding to it sporadically when I have time to sort through boxes of stuff in the Mountaineers Archives.

 

Here are a few pictures:

 

MTR.2014.18-climbing-boots.JPG

 

MTR.2014.4-rucksack-B.JPG

 

MTR.2010.4-goggles.JPG

 

MTR.2014.13-climbing-skin.JPG

 

MTR.2008.25-ice-axe-head.JPG

 

MTR.2014.17-crampon.JPG

 

MTR.2014.28-avalanche-beacon-A.JPG

 

MTR.2013.1-ski-poles-A.JPG

 

MTR.2009.6.1-ski-bindings.JPG

 

 

FWIW: I'm planning to lend several ski artifacts from the Mountaineers Archives to the new Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum, which is slated to open at Snoqualmie Pass in Spring 2015. For more, see:

 

http://wsssm.org/

 

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And maybe the oddest artifact in the Mountaineers Archives...

 

The 120-year-old Biscuit (apparently left over from the 1897 first ascent of Mt St Elias by the Duke of Abruzzi's party):

 

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More information here:

 

https://mountaineers.atlassian.net/wiki/display/ARCH/Miscellaneous+Artifacts

 

https://www.mountaineers.org/about/history/blog/mystery-of-the-120-year-old-biscuit

 

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Wow that is some really cool stuff Lowell! How old is that avie transceiver?

 

That Skadi is from the mid-1970s, I believe. The original "hot dog" Skadi was released around 1971. (It was shaped like a hog dog bun.)

 

This one is newer than that, but older than the 1980 Ortovox F2 beacon we have in the archives.

 

You can see more snow safety gear here:

 

https://mountaineers.atlassian.net/wiki/display/ARCH/Snow+Safety

 

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Here is an old axe from the 1920's made by AV Goddard who made alpin stocks and ice axes in Portland. Jeff Thomas and I chatted about it and decided that it was mfg from a pick axe. Goddard had adverts in the Mazamas Annual as I found an advert from 1922.

 

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sorry my vintage stuff can't quite compete, but this was a fun one from this past spring - an old skewl spade-pin w/ original hardware-store-cord tie off loop still attached on the alpeanjaeger route on st peters dome - the powderhund w/ the shit-eatiing-grin 'cuz said pin, which i'd aided mightily on for a good long while w/ a scary meat-grinder fall if it'd blown, had rocketed out w/ the slightest touch when he jugged up on tension

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As volunteer chair of the Mountaineers History Committee, I find myself custodian of some cool artifacts.

 

The majority of the artifacts that the Mountaineers once held (including Pete Schoening's famous K2 ice axe) were donated to the Washington State Historical Society in 1998. But some interesting stuff remains, and I've gradually been creating an inventory.

 

You can see some photos and descriptions here:

 

https://mountaineers.atlassian.net/wiki/display/ARCH/Artifacts

 

The online catalog is not complete. I've been adding to it sporadically when I have time to sort through boxes of stuff in the Mountaineers Archives.

 

Here are a few pictures:

 

MTR.2014.18-climbing-boots.JPG

 

MTR.2014.4-rucksack-B.JPG

 

MTR.2010.4-goggles.JPG

 

MTR.2014.13-climbing-skin.JPG

 

MTR.2008.25-ice-axe-head.JPG

 

MTR.2014.17-crampon.JPG

 

MTR.2014.28-avalanche-beacon-A.JPG

 

MTR.2013.1-ski-poles-A.JPG

 

MTR.2009.6.1-ski-bindings.JPG

 

 

FWIW: I'm planning to lend several ski artifacts from the Mountaineers Archives to the new Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum, which is slated to open at Snoqualmie Pass in Spring 2015. For more, see:

 

http://wsssm.org/

 

I was checking out you E-bay page, good prices and a good business plan. Those old fossils at the Mountaineers will never figure out your scam.

 

 

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Not the oldes stuff in the world, but some interesting trinkets:

 

couple old pins, Cambell saddle wedges (slung ones I still use), couple old chouinard hexs ( I still use, D-Best Quickie (slider nut).

 

Old gear sling I still use made by Crazmaniac (C&S)

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These are my dad’s knife blades and pitons from the 40s. I used them occasionally in the 60s and 70s until I drank the koolaid and switched to “chocks”. I’ve never looked back. :/ I can still smell his old hemp rope and am kicking myself for throwing that out, along with my old goldline. I switched to kernmantle rope around 1970 I think. It’s scary how fast your stuff becomes “old school”. One day you set something aside for newer gear and the next day someone thinks it’s an antique and you realize they’re right. :(

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One day you set something aside for newer gear and the next day someone thinks it’s an antique and you realize they’re right. :(

I was ice climbing last year and my partner remarked on my 'museum piece' crampons. They were first generation Grivel Rambos and I thought they were still the best crampon available until I tried his, then promptly bought a new pair.

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What, you mean my old Salewa flexible crampons aren't all that anymore?

 

Here's a pic of an old friend

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^^^ good heavens KL, did you never use that pack? it looks pristine! and certainly a classic...

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awesome piece of kit. someone should remake it in those exact colors with quality fabrics and sell it

 

Actually, somebody does just that:

 

http://www.alpineluddites.com/

 

The packs look a little homemade, but they could pop into the market void that Wild Things seems intent on vacating for Black Water/DoD.

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Cool thread. I was born in a house on Lake Sammamish built by Big Jim, and my folks ended up with this vintage ice axe from the Everest years. I think its only a few inches shorter than I am.

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