Photo History of Climbing Footwear circa 1974

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nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Sep 30, 2014 - 08:37am PT
RICHARD PONTVERT &#40;Galibier&#41; PA
RICHARD PONTVERT (Galibier) PA
Credit: nutstory
GALIBIER Royal Robbins Yosemite
GALIBIER Royal Robbins Yosemite
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GALIBIER René Desmaison Sup' Calcaire
GALIBIER Ren Desmaison Sup' Calcaire
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rbolton

Social climber
The home for...
Sep 30, 2014 - 12:38pm PT
Roubidoux style
Roubidoux style
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nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Oct 2, 2014 - 02:22am PT
RICHARD PONTVERT &#40;Galibier&#41; RD
RICHARD PONTVERT (Galibier) RD
Credit: nutstory
storer

Trad climber
Golden, Colorado
Oct 2, 2014 - 12:21pm PT
Happy to see that Zillertals get mentioned. Available from Ski Hut as mentioned. The seam on the forefoot blew out almost immediately as you'd expect. Then holes would develop at the big toes which would then stick out unceremoniously. These shoes made the apron a worthy climbing destination.

Below is a picture of Jack Rankin (the guy who taught Harding to climb) from Sacramento wearing Zillertals while practicing a dynamic hip belay down on the Sacramento river bottoms, probably 1961. Of course, in those days, "the leader must not fall."

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TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Oct 2, 2014 - 12:47pm PT
Happy to see that Zillertals get mentioned. Available from Ski Hut as mentioned. The seam on the forefoot blew out almost immediately as you'd expect. Then holes would develop at the big toes which would then stick out unceremoniously

I reinforced the toe on mine with a scrap of fiberglass cloth and some resin. It worked pretty well.

Can't remember who came up with that idea. It wasn't original.
jgill

Boulder climber
Colorado
Oct 2, 2014 - 01:11pm PT
probably 1961. Of course, in those days, "the leader must not fall."

This is a joke, right?

Those shoes seem to have a rubber rand (or is it mud?), so maybe not Zillertals? I smeared epoxy glue on the toe area of mine to counteract the abrasion.

Fort Mountain, Georgia, 1954
Fort Mountain, Georgia, 1954
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Georgia, 1954. JC Higgins work boots with attached lug rubber soles. Hemp rope. Match that, youngsters!

Sylvan Lake,  early 1960s
Sylvan Lake, early 1960s
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Zillertals early 1960s

Blacktail Butte  ca1959
Blacktail Butte ca1959
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PAs ca1959. Excellent shoes, but no sticky rubber.
storer

Trad climber
Golden, Colorado
Oct 2, 2014 - 07:45pm PT
Yes, moisture/mud from tramping around on the Sacramento river bottom during belay practice.

Jack had a funky car, with a 2-stroke engine, help me here, please, with make those who may know. Maybe a Panhard? He attached a washing machine agitator (the central agitating tower) to a rear drive wheel. A couple of loops around it with a Columbia white nylon rope attached to a 200 lb concrete block lifted it up into a huge cottonwood. A manila rope served as the belay line which had been given the requested slack. when it dropped smoke would emanate from the leather butt patch. Jack here has buffered his patch with his leather jacket in an attempt to lessen the heat load on his posterior. Harding joined in the fun a few times too.

As I recall the Sierra Club RCS manual from that era contained the credo "the leader must not fall". After requesting 20 feet of slack we young initiates would take that to heart.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Oct 2, 2014 - 07:57pm PT
RD's were nice because you didn't have to stitch added leather to the tops
to keep them from wearing out like we did with EB's.
If I remember correctly they edged purty good.
Wish I still had my old pair, resole with C4 of course.
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Oct 2, 2014 - 08:31pm PT
Shoenards sucked at anything but mixed aid/easy free.
They were uncanny for standing on dime edges.
Sadly, I traded mine for some Redken bars of soap, and shampoo.
jgill

Boulder climber
Colorado
Oct 2, 2014 - 10:03pm PT
As I recall the Sierra Club RCS manual from that era contained the credo "the leader must not fall".

Interesting. Geoffrey Winthrop Young may have made this comment - its first appearance in print - in one of his books about 1920, Mountain Craft possibly. I wouldn't have thought it would survive into the 1960s in California. In the early 1960s Dave Rearick told me his approach to rock climbing almost necessitated a fall, that if you didn't fall you had not reached your limits as a climber. And Royal Robbins entitled a book Fail Falling. But the SC may have been still living in a bygone era.

nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Oct 20, 2014 - 04:27am PT
GALIBIER Lionel Terray Saussois
GALIBIER Lionel Terray Saussois
Credit: nutstory
pinckbrown

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe, CA
Oct 22, 2014 - 07:17am PT
EB's, Royal Robbins, Shoenards, PA's, John Long bongs, Goldline
.
Credit: pinckbrown
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