|Please 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?
Gilbert Perrin patented an interesting descender in 1989 that I would love to have in the museum (European Patent #366,607).
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.
BlueWater Ascender - I found this photograph in Bob Thrun's collection.
Emili Sabaté [1936-2006] was a prominent caver from Barcelona who made and sold equipment under the Emilsa name. I have one Emilsa chest ascenders and one of his bobbin descenders. There are several other versions of the bobbin that I am missing. I am particularly interested in getting some of the Emilsa handle ascenders.
Handled Clog ascenders with cams like those on my handleless Clog ascenders Versions A and B
Original Tom King descender.
to the following for sending me items, most of which were previously on this list:
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 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.
Adam Noble for spotting the Rappel Rescue Systems Pro-Pak webbing descender that Alan Shelby had on eBay.
…to an anonymous
contributor, who provided a Rocky Mountain Rescue Group Belay Plate.
To Doug Miles for sending me a
100 and TWO more different versions
of the Rollgliss
Jay Kennedy for sending me TWO different
versions of the Rollgliss 200 descender.
To Dirk Stoffels
of NSW Australia for sending me an Interalp/Camp Job.
To Chuck Rozner
for sending me an original unfinished Russ Anderson Figure Eight.