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Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 22, 2017 - 08:52am PT

Sporthaus A Steidel Berlin 1911-12
Sporthaus A Steidel Berlin 1911-12
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Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 25, 2017 - 11:58am PT

Transporting firewood down from the mountain

Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 5, 2017 - 09:26am PT

Then to Austria and Mizzi Langer

Mizzi Langer-Kauba (1872-1955) was an Austrian sportswoman, alpinist and businesswoman.

Marie Langer, called Mizzi, was a Viennese citizen. She was the only female participant of the first Schirnen (Slalom) 1905 in Lilienfeld. The Mizzi-Langer-Wand, a rock wall used as a climbing garden in Rodaun, is named after her.

In July 1897, she married Franz Johann Kauba, and in 1906, with him as a procurator, took over the first sports business in Vienna, founded in 1896, in Kaiserstraße. Whether she took over this company from her father or not is not quite clear. The catalogs from the Mizzi Langer sportshouse were illustrated by Gustav Jahn.

And Mizzi Langer, among other sports equipment, sold ice axes. She is one of the few, maybe the only woman to have her name on a lot of ice axes.

Mizzi Langer Sportshaus, Wien
Mizzi Langer Sportshaus, Wien
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Mizzi Langer Sportshaus, Wien
Mizzi Langer Sportshaus, Wien
Mizzi Langer - Illustration: Gustav Jahn
Mizzi Langer - Illustration: Gustav Jahn
Mizzi Langer - Illustration: Gustav Jahn
Mizzi Langer - Illustration: Gustav Jahn
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Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 5, 2017 - 10:13am PT

Old French canteen from the Savoie region

Gourde, Savoie, France, 1910-30
Gourde, Savoie, France, 1910-30
Credit: Marlow
Gourde, Savoie, France, 1910-30
Gourde, Savoie, France, 1910-30
Credit: Marlow

And then two even older canteens from the same region. You find them in the alpine museum in Chamonix

Gourdes - Alpin museum - Chamonix
Gourdes - Alpin museum - Chamonix
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Aug 5, 2017 - 10:17am PT
Credit: donini
Check out the tools in the above photo of Michael Kennedy on Latok 1 in 1978. They aren't that much different from those used in 1900. There have been huge advances since then.

Someone should do a study of equipment advances from 1850 until today. I think they will find that very small progress was made during the first 100+ years followed by a tidal wave of advances in the last fifty.
My theory is that this coincided with the democratization of climbing. For the first century climbing was dominated by British aristocrats and the European guides who served them.
The parallel in this country was the high percentage of climbers who attended Ivy League and other elite universities. Climbing during that first century quickly became very tradition bound, which stifled creativity.
In the fifties and sixties the likes of Joe Brown and Don Whillans opened up climbing to the working classes who, not being tradition bound, brought new creativity into climbing. Similar changes occurred in mainland Europe and the US.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 6, 2017 - 09:58am PT

Such a study would be interesting. In Norway the development stopped for 30 years from early 1900 to middle/late 1930s. Pitons brought from Germany by Arne Næss challenging the climbing ethics of the time made a difference in the 1930s. Then in the 1950s came nuts, shoes were developed and so on.

It is a question of the interface between climbing ethics/style and climbing technology.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 6, 2017 - 10:03am PT

Climbing frame for carrying heavy loads in the mountains from the Savoie region in France:
Sac a dos, Savoie, pre 1900
Sac a dos, Savoie, pre 1900
Credit: Marlow
You find the frame in the Alpine Museum in Chamonix.

And then a similar frame for carrying heavy loads used by French "chasseurs alpin", possibly around 1910-1920:

Sac a dos de chasseur alpin
Sac a dos de chasseur alpin
Credit: Marlow
Sac a dos de chasseur alpin
Sac a dos de chasseur alpin
Credit: Marlow
jaaan

Trad climber
Chamonix, France
Aug 7, 2017 - 12:13am PT

Transporting firewood down from the mountain

I used to work with a very traditional Swiss guide who had a ZZ Top beard. He told me of working in the Zinal valley and bringing hay and sometimes firewood down the mountain on one of those toboggan things. Said on wet grass it was quite fast and that he had to tuck his beard into his shirt to stop it blowing up over his eyes...
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 7, 2017 - 10:07am PT

Thanks for the story, Jaaan.

I found some old postcards from Zinal

Zinal - Valais - Suisse
Zinal - Valais - Suisse
Credit: Marlow
Zinal - Valais - Suisse
Zinal - Valais - Suisse
Credit: Marlow
Zinal - Valais - Suisse
Zinal - Valais - Suisse
Credit: Marlow
Zinal - Valais - Suisse
Zinal - Valais - Suisse
Credit: Marlow
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 7, 2017 - 10:41am PT
Those old houses are still everywhere in Suisse, as you know.

Credit: Reilly
Credit: Reilly
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 7, 2017 - 10:42am PT

Reilly.

You know much more than me. Where's that?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 7, 2017 - 10:44am PT
The first is in Zermatt, which has quite a few.
The second is near Murren. It's obviously a food storage hut,
although I could live in it, if it had a few windows.

Zermatt
Zermatt
Credit: Reilly

Credit: Reilly
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 7, 2017 - 11:29am PT

Cool. It's great to see the lines that the weather has left in the old wood...
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 16, 2017 - 12:16pm PT

Climbing the mountains for other reasons than climbing the mountains:

Getting closer to God and science/mapping the mountains
Getting closer to God and science/mapping the mountains. <br/>
Pader Placi...
Getting closer to God and science/mapping the mountains.
Pader Placidus Spescha (around 1800)

Chamois hunting
Chamois hunting &#40;1845&#41;
Chamois hunting (1845)

Searching for valuable minerals/crystals
Searching for minerals/crystals &#40;1867&#41;
Searching for minerals/crystals (1867)

Picking eggs
Picking eggs &#40;1893&#41;
Picking eggs (1893)
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 18, 2017 - 12:23pm PT

Traditional canes of the administrators of vineyards in Aude and Hérault. Figure LEBORGNE 1922/1925 under the name: Masse d'armes of the Hérault.
Traditional canes - vineyards - Aude and Herault
Traditional canes - vineyards - Aude and Herault

In the photo below, the head of the ice axe of Francois Devouassoud (centre, back) is similar to the vineyard axes you see above, while the head of the ice axe of Douglas Freshfield (centre, front) is similar to a miner's axe.
Francois Devouassoud - centre back, Douglas Freshfield - centre front
Francois Devouassoud - centre back, Douglas Freshfield - centre front
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 27, 2017 - 01:38am PT

Credit: Marlow

A Karl Knecht & Cie ice axe, model Grindelwald, from around 1900.

Karl Knecht & Cie, model Grindelwald
Karl Knecht & Cie, model Grindelwald
Karl Knecht & Cie, model Grindelwald
Karl Knecht & Cie, model Grindelwald
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Oct 6, 2017 - 01:57pm PT
bump for all the cool stuff-

'nuff-said
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2017 - 08:23am PT

The visit card of Chamonix mountain guide Jean Charlet (around 1900)

The visit card of Chamonix mountain guide Jean Charlet
The visit card of Chamonix mountain guide Jean Charlet
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 21, 2017 - 10:35am PT

A pair of Fritsch boots

Fritsch mountaineering boots
Fritsch mountaineering boots
Credit: eBay
Fritsch mountaineering boots
Fritsch mountaineering boots
Credit: eBay
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 22, 2017 - 10:08am PT
Nice finds Marlow!
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