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How it all got started. Gary Neptune introduces Neptune Mountaineering and the origin of the Neptune Museum.
Gary takes us back to climbing in the 1800s. Long ice axes, hobnail boots, and rope-soled shoes. "On Belay?"
The innovations begin and climbing hardware starts to take shape.
Thin air, down suits, and frozen digits
Gary shows us skis and bindings from the early 1900s through World War II, XC race skis and the evolution of alpine touring bindings.
Gary shares his best avalanche advice and showcases Nordic-style ski boots, the 3-pin binding progression, and avalanche safety cords.
The 10th Mountain Division revolutionized mountain warfare abroad and they were instrumental in allied victories during WWII. After the war, they worked to refine equipment and techniques, and usher in skiing and climbing as recreational pursuits.
Shrinking ice axes and sketchy pro.
Oscar Eckenstein designs a superior crampon, and Henry Grivel agrees to manufacture them. Yvon Chouinard and Doug Robinson inspire a generation of young climbers to put down their hammers and pick up their nuts.
Royal Robbins brings the first "nuts" over from England. Rock climbing protection shifts from pitons and hammers of the '50s to removable nuts and spring-loaded camming devices, and the mountains rejoice.
Ever the innovators, ice climbers of the '60s and '70s begin to design ice tools for steeper, overhanging ice climbs. Steeply drooped picks offer great purchase but are awkward to place and hard to clean. In the 1970s the French introduced a strange, but effective concept. These relics are far from the lightweight, ergonomic tools we use today, but with each decade new and creative designs emerge.
A young French climber's love of Fontainebleau's sandstone boulders leads to the development of soft, rubber soled shoes designed specifically for rock climbing.
You'll have a whole new respect for those TC pros after you watch this video.