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Aug 18, 2014
Mr. Wonderful
1. Marilyn Monroe once admired its bleach job.

2. You can remember that you bought it during the Carter administration bacause a friend sold it to you to get money for a speeding ticket after the federally mandated 55mph speed limit took effect.

3. Yvon Chouinard still has one hanging from his harness.

4. You repurposed it back into climbing gear after it was repurposed as a woven rug for your dog to sleep on.

5. A midwest climbing gym has one in a display case along with a wooden handled, wrought iron ice axe and a pair of Boreal Fires.

6. Ray Jardine referred to its design for prior art when applying for his patent on a spring loaded camming device.

7. When rigging a top rope anchor for your teenage kids, you recall that you bought the webbing just before your first child was born.

8. The company that made it no longer exists.

9. Its narrative could last thru one whole beer and part of another.

10. Freedom of the hills only has a picture of it in the first and second editions.

11. Those stupid punk kids at the local crag refer to you as that old dude with that strange gear hanging off your harness.

12. You refer to climbing protection as friends and chocks.

13. Yvon Chouinard wouldn't climb with it.

14. Herb Conn loaned it too you.

15. You cant tell if the original colors were either based on the German flag or the Miami Dolphins.

16. Yvon Chouinard made it ..... (personally).
Mr. Wonderful
Joined Apr 10, 2014
11 points
Aug 18, 2014
Sunrise over Cashiers valley
#8 nailed it for me.

Still using Kinnaloa chalk bags and just had to give up my Megalith climbing pants. Both companies long gone now.

Good post.
RadDawg
From NE, GA
Joined Jul 7, 2008
214 points
Aug 18, 2014
dorky helmet
#17 Those colors haven't been seen since the 80's (purple and teal and hot pink) hikingdrew
From Los Angeles, CA
Joined Jul 20, 2013
36 points
Aug 18, 2014
Mr. Wonderful
18. Your name is Todd Skinner.


Sorry,
Mr. Wonderful
Joined Apr 10, 2014
11 points
Aug 18, 2014
19. It's older than you are... and you're not a punk kid. David Gibbs
From Ottawa, ON
Joined Aug 18, 2010
5 points
Administrator
Aug 18, 2014
Me
20. Climbers you haven't met give you their gear. Jon Nelson
Joined Sep 17, 2011
4,250 points
Aug 19, 2014
The whole list made me yawn. Predictable, cliche, and formulaic. nicelegs
From Denver
Joined Oct 29, 2012
16 points
Aug 19, 2014
Luxury Liner, Indian Creek
nicelegs wrote:
The whole list made me yawn. Predictable, cliche, and formulaic.



Pot. Kettle. Black.
Alex Whitman
Joined Sep 30, 2009
276 points
Sep 25, 2014
I thought it was hilarious! Laughed a couple times. Ana Tine
Joined Dec 7, 2012
86 points
Sep 26, 2014
Mr. Wonderful wrote:
18. Your name is Todd Skinner. Sorry,


21. Book by its cover---Your pic looks like a scrawny ass Rock Spings tweeker!

Meth lab + nylon? (or its all stolen?)

That was a dick post btw.
coldfinger
Joined Oct 23, 2010
72 points
Sep 26, 2014
Your new wife won't climb with you until you buy new gear.
Oh geez! Half my stuff says "Chouinard" on it!
Wade T
From Grants Pass, OR
Joined Feb 4, 2008
2 points
Sep 27, 2014
Todd skinner comment is pretty poor taste. BrettPurchase
From Snoqualmie, Washington
Joined Nov 28, 2012
0 points
Sep 27, 2014
Mr. Wonderful
coldfinger wrote:
Your pic looks like a scrawny ass Rock Spings tweeker!


I shoulda known the kids wouldn't get it. Shame on me for hanging around the playground. Try a closer look. or google images.
Mr. Wonderful
Joined Apr 10, 2014
11 points
Sep 27, 2014
Funny.
I have gear that's older than the stuff on display at the Teton Mountaineering store in Jackson, WY (I don't still use it, however).
I do still use a J-Rat chalk bag.....
Jim Fox
From Westminster, CO
Joined Jun 16, 2014
38 points


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