I would be most grateful to any Korean who could translate the following document to me. 1974 seems to be the date when this company started its business, as it predates the launch of the Friend by Wild Country. Very interesting stuff on this brochure.
Maldaly, have you ever heard of this manufacturer…?
I bootied a friend clone stamped "camrad" and "korea" at city of rocks many years ago. I don't still have it but recall it looking similar to the cams in the ad. I always thought the name was a bit funny for a region divided on communist/capitalist lines.
Ihateplastic, wallyvirginia, thank you very much for all your interest.
ryanb, skitch, to my knowledge, I do not believe that the Camrads were produced by the Korean “company” that I am looking for.
May I tell you the full story: Malcolm Daly has already kindly helped me a lot in my research. He has even contacted a Korean climber for me and forwarded me the following translation of the leaflet:
• Spirited youth running towards to the future.
• By adventure and challenge that is always with you.
• Bakbong is waiting for meeting with climbers through the always constantly challenges of a new world.
• Bakbong is the challenge space for people who want to know about climbing.
• Bakbong has developed climbing gear since 1974.
• Bakbong is pride of Korea by competitive equipment in the world.
In fact, it seems that Bakbong is a company with only one person. I tried several times to send messages to Malcolm’s Korean friend, but it did never work. I cannot send or receive emails from Korea with my computer…??? So, I would like to know the name of the person behind Bakbong, his whereabouts, and try to contact him to learn a little more on his amazing sliders and one cam devices.
Stephane- Hope made ice axes and crampons BITD. I wonder if they produced anything else in the way of hardware as the brand hasn't been mentioned so far. It is quite possible that the ice gear was imported too and so not made in Japan strictly speaking. I don't have any Hope gear to check stamps.