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Re: Ancient Gear

Postby boyblue » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:56 am

Daria wrote:
boyblue wrote:Sorry, everyone, but I'm really bored today... :)


There's a thread for that. :lol:


Thanks, D. Been lurking there for weeks... :D
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Re: Ancient Gear

Postby Ben Beckerich » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:11 am

Steve1215 wrote:^^^^^^^^^

okay, but does anyone still belay with a museum piece called the "Sticht belay plate" ? I still do!


I don't like the feel of anything else, and I like the way the alloy coil keeps the rope from jamming during a fall/tension.



the Sticht belay plate is waaaaaay cool


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Re: Ancient Gear

Postby darinchadwick » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:06 am

Steve1215 wrote:^^^^^^^^^

okay, but does anyone still belay with a museum piece called the "Sticht belay plate" ? I still do!


I don't like the feel of anything else, and I like the way the alloy coil keeps the rope from jamming during a fall/tension.



the Sticht belay plate is waaaaaay cool


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I still use my Sticht plate. They got it right the first time with that product. If I'm ever found dead climbing, and the SAR write up tries to guess what climber I was based on the climbing gear found on my person, they will be very confused with my 1970's belay device and brand new cams.
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Re: Ancient Gear

Postby JHH60 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:59 pm

dadndave wrote:
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dadndave wrote:Oh and I still have, use and love my figure-eight descender



i got talked into buying my figure 8 in about 1995 I think. did such high-falutin, newfangled technology exist then? before that it was strictly carabiner brake rappels, for 2 decades or so...



do the young uns know how to rap with a carabiner brake?


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My guess is yes. Not too many people wouldn't know to use cross crabs if they dropped their descender surely?

Anyway, The figure eight was around before the nineties. I know for sure that I had mine in the 80's.


Cross carabiners? You can just pass the rope around your back and under your leg of course. That's what they taught us in '77 - the rope burns on my back and arms eventually healed.

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Re: Ancient Gear

Postby dadndave » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:43 pm

:D

This thread could easily go that way.

Dulfersitz? Dulfersitz? We were too poor to afford a rope. Looky to be able to afford a reel of cotton we were.................
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Re: Ancient Gear

Postby coldfoot » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:39 am

On the bright side, the Svea stove in the first picture probably still works.

What's really scary is the flashlight in the first picture. Possibly bright enough to see one end of the tent from the other. Headlamps have improved more than just about any other gear I suspect; though I only experienced old camping gear with my folks and can't really speak about 70s climbing.
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Re: Ancient Gear

Postby norco17 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:56 pm

Steve1215 wrote:do the young uns know how to rap with a carabiner brake?


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Munter hitch is way simpler and less gear required. I have never tried setting up a carabiner break they look like a pain in the ass. Plus I generaly don't have that many ovals.

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Re: Ancient Gear

Postby boyblue » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:19 am

coldfoot wrote:On the bright side, the Svea stove in the first picture probably still works.

What's really scary is the flashlight in the first picture. Possibly bright enough to see one end of the tent from the other. Headlamps have improved more than just about any other gear I suspect; though I only experienced old camping gear with my folks and can't really speak about 70s climbing.


I'm sure the stove still works- what could go wrong, unless the orifice is clogged- easily fixed with supplied tool. (wow! very suggestive! :lol: ) I might just dig it out of the shed (easier said than done) and fire it up. It would be fun to hear that familiar reassuring hiss again. :)

I remember buying that flashlight at a local grocery store. It was later replaced with a very primitive REI "Wonder Light" which is also in our shed. My wife will probably scold me for digging this stuff out and spreading it out on our floor. "Are you wasting time on that website again?"
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Re: Ancient Gear

Postby boyblue » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:26 am

zodis wrote:My Dad's old WWII army canteen. The canteen fits perfectly in the mug and the handle of the mug wraps underneath to form one compact unit. A really clever piece of equipment.

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Very cool! Here's a couple of mine:

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My dad's old compass- probably from the 30's or 40's- on the left. My 1970's altimeter (with case) on the right. We took the altimeter up Mission Peak a month ago and I was delighted to see that it is still quite accurate. The compass... well, not so good. Seems to point in inconsistent directions.
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Re: Ancient Gear

Postby dadndave » Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:57 am

I believe you can fix yer dad's compass by stroking it with a magnet repeatedly or leaving it exposed to a magnet. That's all a compass needle really is - a magnet balanced on a pivot. I've never actually tried it but it should work.
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Re: Ancient Gear

Postby dadndave » Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:02 am

Here ya go. You can find anything on the interwebs these days

http://www.ehow.com/how_8368800_remagnetize-compass-needle.html

Hey, my spellchecker doesn't recognise "interwebs" as a word.
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Re: Ancient Gear

Postby boyblue » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:20 am

Thanks, DnD. It would be fun to try this with my son. If it works, I'll give it to him (if he wants it). In these days of GPS's and smart phones, a compass is really more of a novelty. But you never know, the Earth's magnetic poles are far more durable than anything humans have ever built... :)
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Re: Ancient Gear

Postby dadndave » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:50 pm

Used to get those free with a certain brand of canned sardines.
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