Vintage New England Cragging

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Vintage New England Cragging
Created On: Jan 19, 2010
Last Edited On: Jan 23, 2010

The Good Old Days

Here are some photos from the early 1970s in New England when I was in high school and learning to climb.

There was no one to teach us climbing, so we learned on our own, with Goldline rope and these new-fangled things called "chocks." We were heavily influenced by British climbing styles at the time. Initially we climbed using pitons and machine nuts, but later we got some jobs and were able to buy some Chouinard chocks.

We didn't have really high cliffs in our area. So in keeping with the British tradition we did long girdle traverses on what cliffs we could find. At our main crag, we could get 20 pitches horizontally and never be more than 50 feet above the ground. We kept at it, even through the winter months.


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rpc - Jan 19, 2010 5:26 pm - Voted 10/10

very nice!

you improvised leg loops on the swami! Great series - thanks for submitting.

Sierra Ledge Rat

Sierra Ledge Rat - Jan 19, 2010 8:21 pm - Hasn't voted


We didn't improvise, that was the "standard" climbing harness back then! Only rich people bought a harness!

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