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PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Jan 16, 2012 - 03:44pm PT
Steve: if my memory serves me well, the "E" stood for engineering. He called his start-up nut manufacturing: "Porter Engineering." Perhaps later he dropped the E.

Werner: absolutely right. It was great fun hanging out with Charlie and he got very worked-up and excited when he started turning out nuts. And I agree with you on the quality of the man. At this point I have met and climbed with a lot of people. He was truly one of a kind.
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Jan 17, 2012 - 06:26am PT
Steve: if my memory serves me well, the "E" stood for engineering. He called his start-up nut manufacturing: "Porter Engineering." Perhaps later he dropped the E.
Very interesting! I have always thought that the “E” stood for Equipment, like Chouinard Equipment, referring to the interview by Chappie and George Bracksieck in Rock & Ice in1993, in which Charlie Porter says: “When I came out to Yosemite, my dream was to be a little bit like Chouinard and make pitons”.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 20, 2012 - 05:45pm PT
Anyone have some of Charlie's dream pitons?
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Jan 20, 2012 - 11:55pm PT
Only nuts Steve, only nuts... I promise.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 21, 2012 - 09:25am PT
It seems Porter pitons are rarer still...
mctwisted

Social climber
paradise
Jan 21, 2012 - 09:58am PT
forest #11 and #13
forest #11 and #13
Credit: mctwisted
ken, your post reminded me i have some forest (tetons?) that appear to be unused, any interest in these and i will get them to you
PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Jan 23, 2012 - 11:17am PT
I thought this picture might be an appropriate addition to this thread. Here's Charlie standing outside of his shop on a summer's afternoon.
Note the stained hands from working metal. This was a great place to be summer of '73.

Credit: PhilG
Mike.

climber
Jan 23, 2012 - 11:52am PT
I have one alum hanger similar to the ones Minerals posted. FA gear off Mescalito. Happy to donate it if there is interest.


Nice pics and discussion.

Something I'd like to see is the notched alum blocks CP used in conjunction with pins to pro Excalibur. "You could belay off those things...they were bomber!"
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Jan 23, 2012 - 11:46pm PT
Awesome photograph PhilG! I tried to figure out what Charlie Porter’s workshop looked like… Thank you very much for posting such an historical document here.
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Jan 25, 2012 - 12:09am PT
Something I'd like to see is the notched alum blocks CP used in conjunction with pins to pro Excalibur. "You could belay off those things...they were bomber!"
I would also love to see these Porter aluminum blocks. I would suspect that they worked in a rather similar way like the “block channels” produced by Peck Climbing Equipment in England during the sixties.
PECK CLIMBING EQUIPMENT Pegs and "block channels"
PECK CLIMBING EQUIPMENT Pegs and "block channels"
Credit: nutstory
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 2, 2012 - 08:33pm PT
More Porter Equipment!

Cool Peck Blocks Stephane!
tom Carter

Social climber
Feb 2, 2012 - 11:07pm PT
Werner or Phil

Was that the bus (in the pic) that Bev and/or Charlie drove into the Merced that day?
PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Feb 3, 2012 - 05:14am PT
Tom:
Don't recall that story. I left the Valley shortly after I took that picture.
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Feb 3, 2012 - 05:35am PT
Phil, do you have any other photographs taken inside Charlie’s workshop…?
you may say I'm a dreamer…”
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 3, 2012 - 05:41am PT
Up early Phil, I'm in Coyhaique, Chile waiting to jump on a plane back to Estados Unidos. Charlie, by the way, now lives on the island of Chiloe just to the NW of here.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Feb 3, 2012 - 06:17am PT
Jim are you sure you want to get on that plane?

Head for the island and cash in that ticket. You are not missing a thing here.

Safe travels
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 3, 2012 - 08:36am PT
These are from the "Odd pieces of gear that never really caught on"
thread.


I can't remember if these are mine or Matt Pollock's, but I think the gold tape is mine.

The following is a link to a story in that thread that I wrote and Clint posted about getting them. Clint kindly edited out references I made to being in an altered state of reality.

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1335975&msg=1336867#msg1336867

It's funny, after I had stopped climbing (subsequently resumed), I completely by coincidence ran into Porter at a pension in Punta Arenas, Chile around 1980. He spoke very interesting Spanish.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Feb 5, 2012 - 08:46am PT
Credit: gleason
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
May 14, 2012 - 07:02pm PT
anyone know where CP's '73 shop (in the photo) was at (town, state)?

also, might someone know what gear he took on his Cassin climb? really curious about that, and whether anyone else was on that part of the mountain at the time
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - May 14, 2012 - 07:52pm PT
His workshop was at Bryceburg. It is still there on the right traveling Highway 140 from El Portal West toward Mariposa at the start of the grade as it leaves the Merced River.

Ken
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