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1930's climbing group in the Sächische Schweiz

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1930\'s climbing group in the Sächische Schweiz
My father (in the back, holding the rope) and his friends. Note the hemp soled climbing shoes!

Taken about 1938 by unknown photographer


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KlenkeDoesn't look too happy


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The guy in the back with the black shirt doesn't look like he's in a good mood. He's not joining in with his friends. Maybe he lost out in 'Rock Scissors Paper' (if they even had that game in Germany back then) so didn't get to lead any that day. Or maybe he lost "his girl" to one of the other guys.
Posted Nov 23, 2003 11:41 am

MoniRe: Doesn't look too happy


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The whole bunch is far too serious. Yet I know (knew) some of the other people in this photo and they weren't like that at all. But then, it was 1938 - serious times, no matter where or what.
Posted Nov 23, 2003 1:27 pm

DrazilRe: Doesn't look too happy


Voted 10/10

Those were serious times indeed - great photo!

My father was born that year and the photos of his youth look very similar (only no mountains to climb in Malta - his are all taken on the shores of the Mediterranean)

Posted Dec 1, 2003 3:30 pm

Aaron JohnsonFANTASTIC

Aaron Johnson

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Awesome picture that really capturs the mood of the times and the period of climbing. You're lucky to have such a shot of your father.
Posted Nov 26, 2003 8:51 am



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Thanks! I have a ton more of these and I need to sort through them. Some of them are on other peaks in SummitPost - would be interesting just from the standpoint of conditions (especially snow and ice) then and now. I have some great ones of him with the old ropes and nailed boots and 10 point crampons. We are so spoiled!
Posted Nov 26, 2003 1:33 pm



Voted 10/10

photo. It really is a beautifully composed photo.
Posted Jan 4, 2007 5:06 pm

nurettinThis is..


Voted 10/10

..climbing. Those old pics are effecting me so much!!!Thanks for sharing!
Posted Jan 6, 2007 8:52 am

Dan DaltonAlso note the thick ass...

Dan Dalton

Voted 10/10

climbing rope! That is unbeleiveable. Shows you how dtermined they were to get up the rocks. This is a beautiful area in Saxony, it is really great climbing. Thanks for sharing this 'old school' pic.

Posted Jan 11, 2007 2:22 am

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