Vintage Gear

  • @David-Harris said in Vintage Gear:

    he bindings in the photos in your two links are nothing like Ramers.

    Yeah, my brain fart. I was thinking of some Ramers I saw on eBay and my brain short circuited.

  • David. Those are definatly Ramur army surplus. I have no idea what vintage . have been told 70's but my gut feeling is older??? I have owned 3 pairs of them and they say Ramer on the cable tightening lever.

  • @NickG Wow! I just looked at the photos and thought "These are nothing like the Ramer bindings I skied on. Must be something else."

    But, from what you and John say, it looks like he (Paul Ramer) designed bindings for the US Army. Maybe 10th Mountain Division?

    He died a few years ago, but if he were still here with us I bet there would be some great stories.

  • I have no history/idea if Paul Ramer got the rights to take the ancient Austrian Silvretta binding & add a boot plate to it & sell it to the U.S. Army, but without the riveted on metal boot plate, it looks just like the Silvrettas we were sking in the late 1960's & early 70's.

    When I was helping making our ends meet in the late 1980's I worked during the holiday seasons at Backwoods Outdoor Sports in Ketchum/Sun Valley Idaho. One day the owner/friend asked me if I knew how to mount one of those ancient Silvrettas. I told him I would, without the heel cable hold-downs. None of their binding mounters would touch the job, but I did it, even turning the bindings slightly off-center, so the boot heels would center on top of the ski. I marked the skis left & right with a marker pen.

  • would love to post some pics but receiving error msg from server trying to parse pic....OMG

  • @Roots said in Vintage Gear:

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    Thanks for the bump on MP. I had that parse message keep me from posting pics. Let me see what I can find to figure out how I solved it. Try removing any special characters, spaces, etc., shorten the file name (make it simple).

  • @zBrown! Re Meanwhile, vintage GD microphones up for sale at $4K


    It's a climbing vintage gear thread.

    Maybe the vintage Maestre air compressor on Cerro Torre, but not a vintage mike.
    Compressor on Cerro Torre Maestre route..jpg

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    We have a small collection of vintage hangers in our collection.. but only one of these. Any info? Ideas on when it was produced?

  • jfengel! Perhaps another gear historian here has better beta on Longware's history. I really have not found manufacturing dates on internet searches, but considering the prices his big angles & bongs sell for on EBay, folks are collecting examples of his pitons. My best knowing guess would be, early to late-1960's.

  • My friend hippy Bob in his brief climbing career of being tourtured by me. He is using my 43cm hummingbird and my trusty 60cm Coonyard . looks like I placed two snargs and a hideous lowe self racheting screw that was almost impossible to get into NE ice.. those are likely my datcshine wool mittens as well.


  • @NickG Ah, yes! Dandy mitts, those were. No clue wtf ever happened to mine 😞 😢

  • I still have two pairs of Dachstein mitts, although I have not worn either for many years. I loved them "back in the day," since they could be sopping wet & frozen on the outside & my fingers would be just fine inside them. I guess I need to sell one of these pairs on eBay. The loops on the one pair were added by me. I really hated dropping them on climbs, although I always brought a spare pair.

    The Lowe Hummingbird hammer was an early one, that I drilled & added the nylon leash to. It wasn't until later that I worried how much that drill hole might have weakened the shaft.



  • @FritzRay said in Vintage Gear:

    The loops on the one pair were added by me. I really hated dropping them on climbs,

    Ha. So I'm not the only one who, with childhood memories of mitten strings, added loops to his various mitts.

    A string running (under your outer jacket) over your shoulders and down each arm and ending in a lightweight clip at each end meant never having to worry about splitting your focus from where it needed to be when doing something that required bare-hand dexterity to also taking care that your mitt or glove didn't disappear.

  • Toby, if you had the strings on your mittens you wouldn't have lost them... I still have a pair and a half... or so?

  • @NickG !Aye, Caramba!!!!

    Alas, they did not get lost on an adventure. Or maybe they did if you count "Adventures in Moving".

    Mine were like the ones in the first photo. Strangely, I have no idea how I acquired them in the first place other than I know I did not buy (nor steal) them. Not even the foggiest clue. Sucks to get older, mon.... Vague recollection that I may have found them on the trail. 🤔

    Heh, on an ironic note: I do have the strings/leash for my musher mittens but no musher mittens either!!!

  • Everything from the last century The oldest thing there is the hammer from '76,(only the handle showing) Anyone recognize the'red' rope?
    hint: It's 150' 9ml sold by the rope company, back when there were only 2-3 companies importing . . .
    The pattern & colors might be as big a giveaway as the mention of the age of the hammer,

  • Some of you must recognize these...

    Clog ascenders.jpg

  • @David-Harris Yep. Yippie ki-yah, ki-yo....

    Heh... @johntp beat ya' to the punch on these ones.

    In any case, nice ascenders 👍

  • still use them..Is that bad?

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