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Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Jan 23, 2013 - 12:15am PT
Peter - great shot of Raffi! Nice find. Thanks.
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 5, 2013 - 01:06pm PT
Bump - let me know if anyone has some Bedayns and/or other vintage gear for sale. I'm always looking. Thank you.
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 21, 2013 - 11:47am PT
Dug this out the other day...NOS!

New old stock
New old stock
Credit: Roots
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Mar 21, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
My most personal associations with Raffi occurred during the winter of '74-'75 when I was living in my van in C4. At the time the NPS had instituted a new Master Planning process for the park, after a huge public outcry when the previous plan had essentially given too much power to the Yosemite Park and Curry Company, recently purchased by MCA.

I attended the first round of public meetings in the Valley, Mariposa, Oakhurst, etc. When the meetings were expanded to the Bay Area, I preceded them and with Raffi and RD Caughron, organized an AAC meeting where I explained the meetings' format, and we discussed various strategies for getting the climbers'/AAC's messages into the process.

Raffi's energy, humor, and generosity were always evident, especially in smaller gatherings at his office in Berkeley which normally included RD, Mike Warburton, Raffi, me and others. He was also involved, with the AAC, in the first group of Russians who came to the USA on a climbers' exchange. We had a great time showing the Russians the Bay Area and introducing them to Yosemite. Mike did some climbing with them and, with Raffi's help, Mike went on the next year's Russian exchange and climbed with them in the Caucasus. I still remember clearly Raffi's smiling face, his easy laughter, and his heart of gold.

Haanster: Great photo of Raffi in WW II !! And thanks for posting that Yosemite Gazette article.
splitter

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane ~:~
Mar 21, 2013 - 06:02pm PT
Mellissa - I bootied one a few years ago from the talus below El Cap.
I found one in the talus below the Column as we (myself & W. Landry) were on the approach to SWFWC ('74). It was a real score, even back then, since we figured it belonged to some Ol' Timer (lol) who dropped it on an early WC route. I ended up giving it to him (WL) when he split back to San Diego, as a token of respect & brotherhood...he seemed pretty pleased (perhaps he still has it).
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2013 - 02:24pm PT
BooDawg - whish I could get a time machine...sounds like a great time to have been a climber!
Magic Ed

Trad climber
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Mar 22, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
Sorry, not selling mine.
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Mar 22, 2013 - 04:41pm PT
Not selling this one either. Picked it off the Nose in '67 when Boche and I were doing the 8th ascent. Dick Williams, et al, had done the 7th.

DanaB

climber
CT
Mar 22, 2013 - 07:46pm PT
Dick is still out at the Trapps on most good days - maybe you should mail it to him?
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 1, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
Well if any of you change your mind(s) let me know...obviously they're getting harder to find. Have not seen one on Ebay in quite a while.

My recent $ offer was too low. I'd pay $25-40 each now. Depends on how many, etc
jstan

climber
Apr 1, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
Peter:
Thanks for the photo!

I had just one conversation with Raffi. More than anything else he wanted to encourage people. You can see that even in a picture.
Roots

Mountain climber
Tustin OC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2013 - 08:02pm PT
Anyone know what the manufacture date is on this variation? The pictured carabiner is a little different than the "newer" ones that have smooth, rounded sides and finer stamping.

Credit: Roots

Fatter Font
Fatter Font
Credit: Roots

Flat Sides
Flat Sides
Credit: Roots
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Feb 7, 2014 - 02:48am PT
interestingly, his brother Torcom didn't change his family name...
Roots

Mountain climber
Tustin, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 7, 2014 - 04:04pm PT
Thanks for all the help!! I believe I have about 30 Bedayns now which will make a great (rack) display in the future. I will only be interested in buying Bedayns that were used by climbers of record or with the early "Calif." stamping.

FYI - the last one on eBay sold for $20.

Here is one now - happy watching:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-BEDAYN-CALIFORNIA-carabiner-/171237613351?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276#ht_245wt_1105
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Feb 8, 2014 - 08:59am PT
Met Raffi several times at Indian Rock and once in the Valley, had the privilege of bouldering a bit with him. Really nice and smart guy, RIP.

Had several of his biners, but not anymore.

Mouse, that looks like one bar and the article mentions him as a first lieutenant. Must have been interesting times for Raffi and others in WW2.
Roots

Mountain climber
Tustin, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 14, 2014 - 04:26pm PT
One just sold on Ebay for $13...
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Apr 14, 2014 - 04:43pm PT
I've got a few, but my son wants me to keep them for him. I met R.B. in Camp 4 in 1971. He was eating an orange-peel included and I thought that was kind of strange. He said you must eat the peels, since that's where all the vitamins are etc.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Apr 14, 2014 - 04:54pm PT
good luck on the vintage carabiner hunt!

I got nada!
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