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Trad climber
Little Rock and Loving It
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 8, 2019 - 04:06pm PT
Came across this while doing a search for Moonstone Equipment. A bit of nostalgia.

Trad climber
Jan 8, 2019 - 04:10pm PT
HA . . . .


Damn, there's a story behind this cover shot of Blanchard on Tribal. . . shot by Dittli. . .

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Trad climber
Little Rock and Loving It
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 8, 2019 - 04:26pm PT
I had a pair of Moonstone full zip shell pants bought around 1985. Had to retire them a few years ago. Things were great for BC skiing.
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Jan 8, 2019 - 04:47pm PT
I had a Moonstone synthetic fill jacket that really stood the test of time. The zipper finally succumbed, many yesrs after the company was gone.

It was good gear.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
Jan 8, 2019 - 05:11pm PT
I own a goretex moonstone ski jacket , its still in great shape .
Love that coat

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Jan 8, 2019 - 05:21pm PT
I tossed my moonstone parka and replaced it with contractor trash bags...

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Jan 8, 2019 - 07:03pm PT
Dana Designs original people moved to Mystery Ranch.

You can still buy their very expensive USA-made packs. I love 'em although they are heavy.


Trad climber
Jan 8, 2019 - 07:15pm PT
My first Gortex shell was made by Synergy Works out of Oakland...

So many companies have been bought and sold and exist in name only anymore.. What is Great Pacific Iron Works these days? I don't think they are working iron anymore, I consider Chouinard and by extension Black Diamond manufacturers gone by IMO

Boulder climber
Jan 8, 2019 - 08:09pm PT

The Good Places
Jan 8, 2019 - 08:16pm PT
still got my folks' old moonstones.

Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Jan 9, 2019 - 07:12am PT
Colorado Custom Hardware
First there were cams, then there were Aliens.... In the mid-2000s, some defective Aliens started breaking, and CCH issued a recall in 2006. No one was injured by a failing cam

This is patently untrue b.s. that nobody was injured. I know a guy that went head down into a pillar on a route after pumping out on a route and simply weighting an Alien to rest for a minute. The piece exploded and he ended up with a big horseshoe scar on his head. He was incredibly lucky he wasn't critically brain damaged or dead.

There's gotta be others that were hurt by the Failiens.

Edit: The longer I live, the more evidence I see that when some people write articles, they just make sh*t up.

Jan 9, 2019 - 07:25am PT
Shout out for Wilderness Experience. I think they flamed out in '87.

Trad climber
Jan 9, 2019 - 10:58am PT
Smileys climbing equipment!

Who was brave enough to sleep on their ledges? Not me.

Edit: Oops, was thinking of Pika on the ledge, Smileys had the BD knockoff nuts.

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Jan 9, 2019 - 11:10am PT
You Moonstone fans fear not. I won a Moonstone sleeping bag at Neptune Mountaineering during a trivia contest(who were the two Americans to make a first ascent of an 8000m peak and which peak?) way back in 1988 or so. I beat out Jack Roberts(RIP). I never, ever, used it. Recently, I donated it to Chris Mac to use as an item in the ASCA online auction. If interested you can contact Chris directly.

Jan 9, 2019 - 11:18am PT
Black Diamond.

Jan 9, 2019 - 11:31am PT
While new routing in Blodgett back in the 90s I used a buddy's flailien where I should have used a TCU. I got about 10 or so feet above it and took a whipper. The flailien pulled and I hit my belayer and got tied up in his rope mess. We checked it right then and there and one of the lobes was deformed. Niether of us were hurt, just some bruising. I never touched another. Blodgett does have a choss factor but the rock on the parking lot it was in was trucker.
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, Bozeman, the ocean, or ?
Jan 9, 2019 - 04:09pm PT
I still have a beloved Moonstone fleece jacket. I love it, and it has been well loved...its gettibg a few bare spots that I try to embroider closed.


Trad climber
Jan 9, 2019 - 04:48pm PT
Buttermilk Mountain Works. Ive got a chalk bag, butt bag and haul bag by BMW.

some eastside hovel
Jan 9, 2019 - 06:25pm PT
Hmmm... I was on board Dana Design when it went down and I was on board BMW when it closed as well. Not reflecting so well on me. ;-)

Jan 9, 2019 - 06:42pm PT
My parents still refuse to park with the four-season Moss they purchased from A16 in the early 90's. That thing is still bomb proof.

And the synthetic Moonstone sleeping bag I bought for $5 from an REI garage sale in 2001 is still being used by my daughter...


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