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how about a "let's play nice" ?
« on: October 13, 2009, 07:22:05 PM »
My first route in NH was the WG- I told my partner that it was 5.4 and about 300'. HA ! We survived and next day did Sliding Board. I was way amped and decided that They Died would not be that bad- WRONG. I lowered off a sideways hex and Kurt Winkler suggested some other routes.


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Re: how about a "let's play nice" ?
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2009, 09:19:38 PM »
LOL  :D

how old were you & Kurt back then?
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Re: how about a "let's play nice" ?
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2009, 10:00:45 AM »
I was 17 and I guess Kurt a couple of years older- maybe 20 ?

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Re: how about a "let's play nice" ?
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2009, 10:22:17 AM »
so no cams at that time? just nuts & hexes?
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Re: how about a "let's play nice" ?
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2009, 10:27:46 AM »
Cams !?  I barely knew what a full length sling was (still don't). We had maybe 4-5 hexes , a few wires and  maybe 20 biners total. Back then a "quickdraw" was some 9/16" webbing doubled over. Remember Titons ?

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Re: how about a "let's play nice" ?
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2009, 10:49:31 AM »
So in other words you had a normal 70's rack. Sometimes when i get on a route i think how did we not all die back then.

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Re: how about a "let's play nice" ?
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2009, 11:06:15 AM »
 ;D
 I was pretty cool thought with a 165' rope, not a 150' ! just think- cams, wired rocks and Rp's all came out over a very short period, not even 2 years. And of course a real change, I think was when John Bouchard gave us some sewn slings ! What a breakthrough. maybe '81

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Re: how about a "let's play nice" ?
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2009, 11:49:23 AM »
Anyone identify the boots Sal is wearing.  Rich and I climbed with him 'cause he could afford all the gear.  I don't believe he climbed much after 1978!
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Re: how about a "let's play nice" ?
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2009, 11:54:37 AM »
I guessing RR's the old blue wonders with a STEEL shank. Even I never had these, but I remember Al Rubin wore them a lot. These were also popular before EB's.

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Re: how about a "let's play nice" ?
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2009, 11:56:50 AM »
That would be corectomundo!
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Re: how about a "let's play nice" ?
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2009, 12:12:40 PM »
I guessing RR's the old blue wonders with a STEEL shank. Even I never had these, but I remember Al Rubin wore them a lot. These were also popular before EB's.

Ha - I first did Sliding Board in RR's - try that.  And El Cap twice.

9/16 tape "quick draws" were called hero loops - mainly for tieing off bottomed out pins - remember that?

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Re: how about a "let's play nice" ?
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2009, 12:18:44 PM »
Vasque ascenders was my first climbing shoe because they were $25 from the long gone hiking store in Keene, NY!  EBs were about $60 in 1978?
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Re: how about a "let's play nice" ?
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2009, 03:56:32 PM »
I bought my first of 2 pairs of RR blue boots in '69 from "Jim" the then ranger at the Gunks who sold gear out of his ranger truck--also bought a Bell climbing helmet from him as well as enough one inch sling material to make two 4 step aiders which we tied up as we walked to the Northern Pillar area to do my first aid climb, up the arete left of N. Pillar  ( senior moment has stolen it's name). 7/16 goldline was of course our choice; it is likely that we had a Moac chock and a few Clog hexes but we were well equipped with Chouinard lost arrows and angles.

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Re: how about a "let's play nice" ?
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2009, 07:13:12 PM »
Ha - I first did Sliding Board in RR's - try that.  And El Cap twice.

9/16 tape "quick draws" were called hero loops - mainly for tieing off bottomed out pins - remember that?
Ya Eric, but you did El Cap with Harding right ! ? Willie wore sneakers on Sliding Board.
You know why they were called hero loops ? 'Cause in RR's you needed to to pull up on the pins ! And I used 1/2"- 9/16 was too girly