Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 14, 2013 - 12:35am PT
Woah now! You'll be happy you held on to your cash to help out Big Mike until today! Up for bidding are two (2,deux,II,>1 and <3) semi-vintage mountaineering axes to make your collection complete.
You probably thought that by having Ed Wymper's alpenstock from the FA of the Matterhorn, and Maurice's from that French picnic on Annapurna, that your collection was at it's pinnacle. But why haven't the babes (or dudes) been knockin' down your door? I'll tell you why: You don't own a MSR Thunderbird, or a Forrest Neve. Don't dispair! No need to hang yourself with that overpriced braided cord you got from Chessler. You have one more chance. Not only could you own these inspiring pieces of history, and help out Big Mike, but you might get some action too. (Not sure if Mike is supplying that last part. You'll have to discuss it with him after you win the bidding.)
First up is a very fine Forrest Neve mountaineering axe. It shows almost no signs of use. Just a few paint scratches. Was probably bought by some poser just to hang above the mantle. It has never had a file taken to any part of it. It's that minty! Hold onto your socks:
It's magnetism is clearly illustrated by my pelvic thrust into the bottom of the picture.
The real deal!
Decal is a little worn from having to beat away the swarmin' ladies
Next is one of the finest examples of early aluminum mountain slayer technology to still exist. "Why are there so few?", you ask. Because they were made of aluminum you doofus. Forged from the finest scrap that Boeing left in their dumpster, MSR came up with one of the earliest superlight alu axes. This in no normal ultralight axe though! this is the super-high velocity armour piercing variety. Check it out. The tip of the pick and the spike have a steel core! (might be kryptonite, I'm not sure) It's like a concealed weapon! That alpine ice runnel might be laughing you and your beer-can-axe off; until you split it stem to stern with your THUNDERBIRD!!!
(Insert primal scream here) Only those with the skill and purity of heart to draw Excalibur from the stone should even think about going down this road. Are you worthy?
OMG! Its beautiful.
That might be dried dragon blood on the pick. Awaiting DNA results.
Like the retractable claws of a tiger!
Is that the tip of a North Korean ICBM? No, it looks newer and might penetrate deeper.
Let the bidding frenzy begin at $20 each! Auction will end when I get home from Smith Rock on March 21. Winner pays Mike directly to his email via Paypal. I'll send you the goods, or you can pich 'em up if you're nearby.
Scrubber - thank you the axes arrived today. I rubbed my finger tips on the Dragon's Blood in hopes it'll help me climb better this weekend. The pelvis thrust started on its own..amazing..no rubbing needed.