Royal Robbins: “This importing business is a real can of ---

Search
Go

Discussion Topic

Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
Messages 221 - 232 of total 232 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 18, 2016 - 04:35pm PT
Can anyone pinpoint the date when Mountain Paraphenalia started carrying the French Wonder headlamp and possibly post a picture of one? I am helping some folks with an article about the history of headlamps at the moment and I never bought one of them. I did buy a Justrite lamp BITD but can't lay my hands on it at the moment either if anyone has one for show and tell with its monster green quadruple D cell battery pack.
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2016 - 05:31pm PT
Steve: I have memories of selling the Wonder Light from about 1973 on, but the earliest Ad I found for the article, is this one from Mountain Magazine Nov. 1972
Credit: Fritz

There were a lot of problems with the Wonder Light. Throughout the 1970's, my big climbs headlamp was the one I used in my summer job, as a Forest Service fire-fighter, during college, the heavy, but fairly dependable 4-D cell battery Justrite. I did not hang onto one.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 18, 2016 - 07:26pm PT
with its monster green quadruple D cell battery pack.

my Justrite bustrite had a red battery pack
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 17, 2017 - 12:33pm PT
It seems appropriate to bump this thread, which contains a lot of RR love.

Some Sheridan Anderson cartoon love for Royal.

Credit: Fritz

Credit: Fritz

Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Mar 17, 2017 - 01:06pm PT
thx Fritz

<3 Sheridan toons
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 17, 2017 - 07:40pm PT
Liz Robbins at their Mountain Paraphernalia Outdoor Retailer Show booth.

Credit: Fritz



Royal Robbins, activist, trying to save routes from being destroyed by piton pounding. Summit Magazine, Oct, 1972.

Credit: Fritz

Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Mar 20, 2017 - 03:43pm PT
Just a small historical bump.

With all the discussion of climbing shoes here, I failed to find any mention of Kronhoffers.

The Kronhoffer was made by the Kronhoffer family in Austria . My retail store in West LA was the exclusive US distributor for these klettershoes beginning about 1966 or so. They were the most popular climbing shoe in California back in the early 60s and remained so until the advent of stickier rubber. The nice thing about Kronhoffers was that, even when purchased two sizes too small, they had beautiful suede uppers that eventually stretched to the shape of your foot. They were comfortable compared to today’s rock climbing shoes.

I read somewhere back in this thread that implied that Doug and Susie Tompkins were responsible for getting Royal and Liz out of the hardware business and into the clothing business. As mentioned by someone, it was Chouinard that Tompkins urged to get out of the hardware business. This was definitely the case. Tompkins was instrumental in getting me into the climbing retail business back in 1964 when he opened The North Face – his small retail shop in San Francisco. He not only advised me on what finances were necessary, but encouraged me to talk to George Marks and Bob Swanson who had just started a new company called Sierra Designs. This eventually led to my store, West Ridge in 1964, becoming the exclusive purveyor of Sierra Designs stuff in the Los Angeles area. But I digress.

This thread has covered a lot of the early climbing equipment – just thought I’d remind people of Kronhoffers.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 20, 2017 - 05:47pm PT
Hey Don,

I have a pair of Kronhoffers that are stamped Holubar on the inside which I assume they imported directly since that was Roy Holubar's business style. Did you ever supply them or is my assumption likely correct?
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:20pm PT
Actually I do believe Holubar imported them earlier than me. But later in the 60s old man Kronhoffer made his distributor. I think I even sold them to Holubar later.

Hey, I'm old and tend to get dates and most everything else a little confused. I would appreciate anyone (that's still alive) to add any significant information to this thread (I almost typed "tweet"). Those of you that are not still alive, please remain silent.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Outside the Asylum
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:24pm PT
REI sold a grey leather rock shoe in the early 1970s, possibly from Salewa. It appeared to have been modeled on the Robbins shoe, and perhaps others. They were quite stiff, with a light vibram sole. Does anyone remember them?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:25pm PT
I remember it being closer to a Kronhofer.
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:37pm PT
Excuse my senility. I do believe it's "Kronhofer", not "Kronhoffer". Thanks for the sharp heel of the hand to my head.
Messages 221 - 232 of total 232 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
 
Our Guidebooks
Check 'em out!
SuperTopo Guidebooks


Try a free sample topo!

 
SuperTopo on the Web

Review Categories
Recent Trip Report and Articles
Recent Route Beta
Recent Gear Reviews