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AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Jan 30, 2013 - 07:47pm PT
I had those the first few years of climbing. Definitely encouraged good foot work. Then I switched to EB'S and I was climbing 1 grade harder right away
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 30, 2013 - 07:58pm PT
i had some of the old blue RRs.. COMFY in just the right cracks, you could pound em in with a hammer if need be!
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Jan 30, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
I bought a pair for something like $25 from the old EMS attic back in 1978. I loved them for standing in etriers while teaching myself aid climbing with a 3/8" Goldline rope, Whillans harness, Forrest titons, and hand tied aiders.

I loaned them to a friend the next year, and his mom threw them in the Goodwill collection box. Gone.

I sometimes wonder who got them through Goodwill.
neverwas

Mountain climber
ak
Jan 30, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
I started rock climbing with the AMC around Boston, late 60's or so. Bought a pair of 'RRs' (or whatever they're called ;-), and one of the instructors, an older guy, saw my new boots, stuck his nose right into them and took a huge whiff. They did have a characteristic and somehow alluring 'new car' smell to them...
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Jan 30, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
I had two pairs of them boots. One pair had a stiff an unpadded cuff, the other pair had a thick pad around the cuff. I liked the unpadded ones better.

Anybody else see those two varieties?

The first pair I won from some kid in a poker game in Gunnison. The second pair I bought from Jack Tackle at a garage sale.

And, of course, they required laces in some shade of red.

Holy cow I miss those shoes.
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Jan 30, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
I'll say it for Locker......Blue Butt Plugs!
those were sweet wall boots.
Peace
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jan 30, 2013 - 10:43pm PT
Yup, had me a pair BITD.
Waterchute entry move
Waterchute entry move
Credit: T Hocking
J-tree Intersection boulder left side
J-tree Intersection boulder left side
Credit: T Hocking
Intersection Boulder early 70's
Intersection Boulder early 70's
Credit: T Hocking
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2013 - 12:38am PT
I have a pair with smooth soles... I'll post a pic tomorrow.

For me RRs were as painful as a raspberry seed stuck in an open cavity. You could however edge on dimes like there was no tomorrow and (as said earlier) that certain off width size was almost pleasant. And, as Werner said, you could stand in tied 1" flat webbing aiders all day long and NEVER get a cramp! Besides, those shoes were built to be abused and they held up like no pansy-arse slipper ever will.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jan 31, 2013 - 03:56am PT
bought pairs in ~'71 for me and my gal, the cute little ones came back like a block sweater when going steady went south. my mom used them in the back yard for standing on the edge of a shovel (was going to saying stomping a spade, but ...)
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jan 31, 2013 - 11:30am PT
Bought em used, resoled them twice. Loved the edging, I heard people bitching and moaning about cramping feet on J-Crack at Lumpy, I was totally comfy in my blue RR's.

East Slab - The Dome - 1972
East Slab - The Dome - 1972
Credit: ydpl8s

bouldering in blue suede shoes
bouldering in blue suede shoes
Credit: ydpl8s
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jan 31, 2013 - 11:59am PT
I used to free-solo the Grack (up and down) in my RR yosemite boots - just to prove that it could be done.

Ever climb on the apron in RR yosemite boots?

(:
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 31, 2013 - 12:09pm PT
Ever climb on the apron in RR yosemite boots?

Yes, what else were we supposed to use, Kronhofers? ;-)
But then came that fateful day when I went on the Apron with Ellie Hawkins
wearing her new EB's. Damn, that was embarrassing - really, those weren't
whimpers, just a sort of exhaling. Went straight down to Royal's and had
Bruce Carson fit me to a pair.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:21pm PT
I bought my first pair in 1969 for $28.00. I bought a second pair, one full size smaller, in 1971 for $32.00. I still have and use both pairs for mountaineering and walls.

I climbed Patio and Maxine's Wall in the bigger pair. I first did the Glass Pyramid problem in Camp 4 and Grack Marginal in my smaller pair. The latter was quite exciting, because it is really much more of a pure friction problem than one of edging, where the RR's were quite good. Generally, though, I preferred PA's, because I felt more secure, but the rubber on the PA's was about as hard, and no more sticky, than those of the RR's.

As many others found, I, too, found EB's to be almost cheating when I first used them on the Apron in 1973.

John
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
I love this pic of Joe Herbst on the FA of the Rainbow Wall at Red Rocks (Original Route 5.12 - 1973) I hope this is ok to post this Chiloe.

Courtesy L. Hamilton and MP.com
Courtesy L. Hamilton and MP.com
Credit: ydpl8s
john bald

climber
Jan 31, 2013 - 01:51pm PT
Along with other climbs, did Duck Soup on the Weeping Wall with them.
My old pair is currently on display at IME, SLC.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 31, 2013 - 02:16pm PT

I still have my original pair. . .
knott quite so pretty, but they still fit.
Scole

Trad climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 31, 2013 - 07:43pm PT
Still one of the best wall boots ever made. Occasionally you will find a pair in a thrift shop for less than a buck. I bought one pair at the cast off in Mammoth for .25, drove to the valley and sold them for eighty dollars three hours later.
OR

Trad climber
Jan 31, 2013 - 10:00pm PT
Still a great looking shoe IMO. I could have bought a brand new pair in Bezerkely in the early 90's but was too poor. They were in some consignment shop. Bummer
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Feb 2, 2013 - 12:18am PT
I started out in red PAs. As mentioned case hardened rubber, at least they were sleek!

Yours truly, probably one of the few fools around here who decided RRs would be suitable for long days on the feet. During the late 90s when my arms went south, a bunch of closets were getting purged and RRs would show up in the used outdoor gear stores here in Boulder.

So I went through a couple pair doing big days in the mountains on fourth class. Even did one of those days, something like 11 hours in Rocky Mountain National Park (Glacier Gorge/McHenry's) in a pair of green Shoenards, also called the Vasque Tarentola or some such?


Prancing about on the summit of Mount McClure in Robbins Boots during a 20 hour day, Mount Lyell in the background:




Matterhorn Peak:




John Bald: Duck Soup! It does have some fine edges doesn't it? Still that would not be very easy to pull off. I watched John Lonne waltz New Generations in RRs.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 2, 2013 - 12:51am PT
Mountaineering in RRs! I could not imagine the pain and blisters.

Still need to take a pic of the pair that I have with smooth soles.
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