Bev Johnson Haul Bag


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Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 11, 2017 - 11:31am PT
I just wanted to throw this question out to the Taco. I'm slowly trying to clean out old climbing gear, and have a haul bag made by Bev Johnson, most likely circa 1971-72.

Bev made this for me at the time I spent a few Summer seasons in the Valley.

I have a few photo's of using it on the Direct NWF of Half Dome, back in 1972, but need to get them scanned.

I'm interested in donating it to the Yosemite climbing museum, if they want it. Any other suggestions appreciated. Bev made a sheath which goes over the top of the bag, which greatly reduced rope drag, when hauling. I thought this
was pretty neat!
Bev provided one lower, zippered pocket, which has a patch on it now, since a red squirrel had gone after some food. I wonder where Bev learned how to design and stitch so well?
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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 11, 2017 - 12:27pm PT
Steve- Ken Yager at the YCA would be happy to have the bag and I would be happy to give it a home in my collection if that doesn't work out.
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
Aug 11, 2017 - 06:23pm PT
Credit: jeff constine
I miss Bev!

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Aug 11, 2017 - 07:23pm PT
The American Safe Climbing Association( is another worthwhile charity. They auction this type of stuff off and use the money to replace bolts. It might not be in a museum, but it most likely would find a good home.

Aug 11, 2017 - 07:53pm PT
I wonder where Bev learned how to design and stitch so well?

She had her sewing machine at Charlie Porter's machine shop in Briceberge.

She was making all kinds of stuff on her machine there.

Even down sleeping bags.

She made my Jensen clone pack there.

I watched her sew up some pretty cool stuff there in Charlie's shop.

Those were they daze when men were men and women only did the dishes, except Bev ..... :-)

Aug 11, 2017 - 09:49pm PT
Any other suggestions appreciated.

Drag it up something : )

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 12, 2017 - 06:11am PT
Hey Werner,

Bev made me one of those Jenson clone packs as well.

Hope things are going well for you.

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Aug 12, 2017 - 08:41am PT
Way cool, Steve and Werner.
Brings back some wonderful memories...

Trad climber
Aug 12, 2017 - 04:28pm PT
A tribute to fallen Yos climbers would be for a team to climb El Cap with Bev's haul bag, Darryl Hatten's hammer, maybe a piece of Charlie Porter's gear and other such items.
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