Bill Kerr wrote:
William Marler wrote:Top of Athabaska in 1989. Pretty scary clothes back then (•:
Good pictures - That pink/purple? suit stands out!
There must be more gems like this out there. Everybody just needs to dig a little deeper in their archives and share the fun and embarassment.
Fortmental - anybody who has climbed on Robson glacier in painter pants and an external frame pack must have some more. Gandolf even put up a picture of himself in white shorts and high socks. What else is out there?
OK... You're right. Back then, we were damned if we were going to walk around looking like climbers, mainly because we couldn't afford it. We scoured the racks at the Salvation Army and picked out a few things that would cheer us up. So, here's what we actually wore getting to Robson:
It wasn't just us, either. I climbed at Frankenstein with these guys from Maine who, pretty much, made all their own gear. These guys were fucking burly:
Here's a shot of one of them leading (I can't remember what) in a pair of Old School Ski boots. Not telemark boots, mind you, but the stiff-ass, ankle-high wood-shanked, lace and buckle ski boots. He's also wearing cheapo strap-ons:
Here's a shot I took at the base of my very first ice climb in Mount Washington's Huntington Ravine, Jan. 1981. I'm wearing a pair of red, plastic-coated Raichles that I bought from a friend for $25. I later found out that a Japanese expedition to Nanga Parbat wore these boots and half the summit team lost toes to frostbite. These were 3 sizes too big so I fitted foam pads in the heels so that my toes were pushed forward. After I took this picture I turned around and soloed Diagonal Gully. I felt like such a bad-ass. It was the next weekend that Hugh Herr lost his lower legs, in essentially the same area.
This is my first encounter with a first-rate gear slut. He used to work in some climbing shop in Brooklyn and would routinely get the 5-finger discount. Here, he's leading the 1st pitch (65 feet to the first belay) of some Gunks 5.6 loaded down with about 40 lbs of shit, including a full set of T-Tons.... anybody remember those? He's wearing a pair of EBs. I was SO jealous. I wore RRs; boy, did those suck.
And this one is for Sarah, because I know that she has a soft spot for backcountry underwear models with "molester mustaches":
OK Sarah. Your turn......show us what you got!