The Eiger Company Montrose CA Catalog and Pricelist 1965

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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 12, 2010 - 01:00pm PT
Back when shopping decisions were simpler...Who shopped here BITD?
















These early catalogs provide a clear source for lots of exotic early hardware including Eiger carabiners.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 12, 2010 - 01:43pm PT
I've been looking for a new descending hammer.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 12, 2010 - 01:44pm PT
Quaint!

I have a pdf copy of MEC's first catalogue, from December 1971, but it's 2 MB, so not really postable.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Dec 12, 2010 - 01:47pm PT
Mighty Nonsense, it is too. What do you think Steve's posts are, usually. You need to get Photobucket (pro), the size is unlimited, by the way, among many other features.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 12, 2010 - 01:48pm PT
I remember seeing one of those 'descending hooks' and thinking,
"Who designed this, Vincent Price?"

Still have some of those boss ice screws.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 12, 2010 - 01:49pm PT
MEC's first catalogue is 19 pages, and the scan is a single document - someone else's pdf. A page by page scan would be no problem to post, using the SuperTopo or PB system. Reducing a single document that is 19 pages and 2.1 MB to postable size (~100 KB) would make it unreadable. I'll see if I can get it in broken down/postable pieces.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 12, 2010 - 01:50pm PT
I have some repetition but just passed 2500 images in my account! LOL


Classic selection of Marwas...


The slenderest will certainly work as a corkscrew!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Dec 12, 2010 - 01:56pm PT
MIghty Acrobat, of course you can take a portion of your PDF. That is how it had to have been originated anyway, scanned-in pages that were joined in a workbook in Acrobat.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Dec 12, 2010 - 01:56pm PT
Stevie,

Have you and Mimi broken ground for the new Museum North yet?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 12, 2010 - 01:58pm PT
Still working on all fronts...
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 12, 2010 - 03:53pm PT
Great catalog blast from the 60's Steve. I don't recall Eiger as a climbing gear distributor in the 1970's, but a distributor named Liberty Organization was based in the same area of California. Maybe they bought out Eiger?? Anyone remember??

Liberty Mountain, a similarly named distributor, with HQ in Utah: only shows a timeline back to 1998 on their website.

On another thread on ST, a question came up about Eiger history. Here is what I found out at the time.

Took a while to find out more about Eiger USA history. Bruce Franks from Asolo & Lowe finally supplied to me the fact that Eiger USA was owned by Mike Sturm.

As soon as I did the Goggle search on that-----of course I ended up right back at SuperTopo where Ed Bannister had answered the question all the way back in Sept 2009.

From Ed Bannister on this thread;


http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/948137/Gear_History_what_did_EB_stand_for

Mike Sturm, who originated the Eiger brand in the US

Topic Author's Reply - Sep 2, 2009 - 01:25pm PT

Mike Sturm was quite a guy, he had Stanley and later his son Peter Brozek in Pasadena make the Eiger and later the Liberty carabiner, what a piece of junk. When I went to work for Liberty as Technical product manager, I had KC Putnam deal with Brozek, I did not want to be associated in any way with that carabiner, and yes, if you still have any, take them off your rack.
ec

climber
ca
Dec 12, 2010 - 06:17pm PT
We used to say, "Give me Liberty and give me Death!"

 ec
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 12, 2010 - 09:44pm PT
Wow, great catalog!
gf

climber
Dec 12, 2010 - 09:50pm PT
i recall having a few eiger biners that were pawned off on yours truly along with some early generation smc biners -all seemed to fall under the general heading of "death biners" -6 never mind 3 sigma wasn't even a glimmer in those folks eyes....
Cliff wiliams

Trad climber
nj
Dec 13, 2010 - 06:06am PT
This was really helpful I have an Allain biner like the one pictured
I was thinking it was from 1960s..Now I know
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Dec 13, 2010 - 06:27am PT
Fritz...i believe i visited the Liberty warehouse back in 74...i think it was in Sunland...? funky equipment as i recall...rj
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2010 - 09:17am PT
Another thread relating to Eiger carabiners...

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=939512&msg=995989#msg995989
lostinshanghai

Social climber
someplace
Dec 13, 2010 - 02:01pm PT
Steve

Boy that brings back memories: Would have been around 1972, I remember the head or distributor for Eiger and that was not the only catalog they had or distributed. Coming back from lunch with him, bought a couple of things cannot recall but on climbing. Gave me current catalog and couple of other catalogs that were under the shelve. We both had funny backgounds.

They also were distributors for letís see what would you call them? Weapons: One that caught my eye was a prototype for an automatic shot gun. Googled it up and was known back then as the AA-12 Auto Assault -12 or Atchisson Assault Shotgun manufactured in í72. Guy bought up the rights to it and made some changes now known as USAS-12. Should have bought one when I had the chance Oh! well had other things on my mind besides those.

Will have to dig it up [catalogs I mean]. Give me some time, got me going on this one.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 13, 2010 - 02:24pm PT
rotting,

I think you are right about Sunland, I made several trips there in 74,75,76 to pick up gear for our store.



The evil one
lostinshanghai

Social climber
someplace
Dec 13, 2010 - 02:45pm PT
This would have been in La Canada on Foothill Blvd. Plus it was not really a store per say where they had all stuff out to look at. If I recall from the discussion most likely they were feeling out the market for their goods,climbing that is. Got a good discount.

Then moved to other location at some time.
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