My Ten (more or less) Most Wanted List
email me if
you can help me acquire any of these items for the collection.
Jumar Combi - limited production around 1977. This ascender was far ahead of its time,
with features like replaceable teeth on a plastic cam. There was also a pulley attachment.
While I'm at it, there were some very early Jumars with "Z"-shaped
teeth instead of the conical teeth used on all later models except
the Combi. Does anyone have any of these that they'd be willing
to donate or trade?
The Swiss patented an interesting descender that I would love to have in the museum. It dates from 1989 or 1990.
Tokyo Top décrocheur. It appeared in an early 1970s Snell Sport Chamonix catalog. I have the Tokyo Top ascender and the Tokyo
Top descender but not the décrocheur.
- I first read about the Bugat in a note by Michel Beaupré in Les Bloqueurs en Spéléologie, Spéléo-Québeq v3-4, 1976-77. I'm still looking for one.
BlueWater Ascender - I found this photograph in Bob Thrun's collection.
Emilsa used to make vertical caving equipment. Although I
have one of their chest
ascenders, there are other versions that I am missing. I am
particularly interested in getting some of their bobbins (any
and all varieties).
- Harald Müller sent me several pictures of his very old Töpfer Hook:
- VersAscender: Available a few years ago in Arizona but apparently
never put into wide production. I talked to the developer and
he wasn't able to provide one. In a misguided attempt at pseudo-science,
one of the local cavers here drop tested one to destruction,
a favor that I should be tempted to return…
- The Petzl Gibbone was a combination pulley and chest ascender produced in the 1970s.
- My 1968 Sporthaus Schuster (Münich) catalog shows a Sticht Seilbremse featuring an interesting twist.
- Scagliarini's "corkscrew" descender.
- Hobbs Hook - There are at least three variations
to the Hobbs Hook. I have the basic model and the fire-fighting model, but would like to
get the rope locking model. The
picture shows the rope locking model, which has a modified frame
and two springs that fit over the frame and force the brake bar
upwards. The appears to be identical to the fire-fighting model except that it has two springs.
- This device sold
on the German eBay site in late 2005. Unfortunately, the auction
ended before I became aware of it, so I was not able to bid.
According to the seller, the device is 120 mm. high and
75 mm. wide, and weighs 0.7 kg. Apparently it is an
antique descender that appears to be made out of bronze.
- Although I have quite a few variations of the Salewa
Sticht Plate, I do not have any of the three variations illustrated
on the instructions that came with the first one that I acquired.
Two of these also appear on a page from the early 1970s Snell
Sport Chamonix catalog that Carlo Bellestrero sent me, so I assume
that these are 1970-1972 vintage designs:
- The Monty belay device:
- Kong made an anodized Kisa with a round hole. I believe that these were blue. I just missed getting one about the time that they switched to the new eye design.
- There is another version of the Rappel Rescue Systems Pro-Pak webbing descender.
Items needed to complete a set:
to the following for sending me items, most of which were previously
on this list:
- Thanks to Kris Wild for donating TWO versions of the Coe descender by Pentincton Engineering. These were the last items that I needed to have all the descenders shown in Tom Martin's book Rappelling (many of the photos added to the second edition are of devices from my collection).
- To Olivier Peron Caillet, for a pair of Tokyo Top ascenders.
The classic movie "Godzilla versus Gigan" (Godzilla versus Gigan, Toho Co., Ltd., ©1972)
shows a Jumar look-alike being used by the good guys in a successful escape from the Godzilla tower where they were being held captive
by the cockroach space aliens.
Their escape technique is shear
nonsense, but I was immediately intrigued by the ascender. It appeared to be very similar to a Jumar, but the casting differs
in several respects. For many years I wondered if it really existed, but in March 2008, Carlo Bellestrero sent me a page from an early
1970s Snell Sport Chamonix catalog that showed that this is a
Japanese copy of the Jumar. It is a perfect match to the one shown in the movie. According to the catalog, the ascender weighs
310 g. (versus 250 g. for the Jumar). In February 2015, Olivier Peron Caillet found a pair on a French auction web site,
acquired them, and sent them to me.
Thanks to Denis Pivot for donating a Simond #3 Multicoin - a chock also designed for use as a belayer or descender - and to Slade Matthews for making a second one available.
- To Stéphane Pennequin for sending me a Forrest belay plate.
- To Tom Furey for sending me a Hugh Banner Safety
"8" with traditional eye.
Many thanks to Martin Armitage who had a Peck Hook for sale on eBay, and worked closely
with me to arrange for me to "buy it now." The Peck is an old rappelling
device once used by climbers. I spent four decades looking for one,
and then finally made a copy
using the photo as a guide. Now I finally have an original.
- Radeberger Hakens:
To Harald Müller for sending me a small Radeberger Haken.
To Fritz Scholz and Stefan Thurmer for working together to get me a large Radeberger Haken.
Franz had the item for sale in on the German eBay site, and Stefan worked as an intermediary to
arrange the deal, translate communications, and facilitate the financial transaction.
To Tino Schneider for helping me get a large cast Radeberger Haken with a long upper horn.
To an anonymous eBay seller for working to get me a modern stainless steel Radeberger Haken after I failed to win one in auction.
- To Daniel Liebers for having a fifth version of the Radeberger Haken for sale on eBay.
To George Wright for selling me a
Hugh Banner ascender with
CMI Expedition style
safeties through eBay.
John Sharples for arranging a trade with the Newcastle Ramblers
Bushwalking Club for a Hopf
To Daniel Veelik for sending me a gold-anodized original
pattern Russ Anderson Figure Eight to replace the one that I lost while
Stéphane Pennequin donated one of the early versions
of the Pierre Allain
hook that does not have the recessed lettered area on the
shank. For those who do not know Stéphane, he is the world's
premier collector of climbing nuts.