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By sibylle
From Colorado
Apr 4, 2013
Stone of Ignorance.

Royal Robbins blue suede boots, EBs (numerous pairs), La Sportiva Mariachers, Boreal Fires, Boreal Aces (black w/ green laces - I still use them for long climbs), La Sportiva Mythos, orange Scarpas, La Sportiva Miura.


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By s.price
From PS,CO
Apr 4, 2013
 Morning Dew ,self portrait

EB's. 1980


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By beccs
Apr 5, 2013

FiveTen Diamonds. Hot as hell and sized too large.


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By Gargano
From Oakland, CA
Apr 5, 2013

Boreal Aces.


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By Bob Dobalina
Apr 6, 2013

Scarpa Brio's


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By 1Eric Rhicard
Apr 6, 2013
It is a good sized roof. Photo: Jimbo

1976 Tennis shoes, hiking boots, blue Suede Royal Robbins climbing boots, then finally manna from heaven in 1977, a pair of EBs which we speedy stitched leather over the canvas sides. Climbed in those until 1982 Then came the Fires. Proof that science is better than belief.


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By Kirk B.
From Boise, ID
Apr 7, 2013
belay slaving on some route I forgot the name of way right of Bloody Fingers.

I first had a pair of Merrels. That was like '92, I think?


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By TomJensen
From Fort Collins
Apr 8, 2013
Following a pitch on Good Evans.  Photo by Kevin Gillest

Boreal Aces. The day glow green ones. Awesome shoes!


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By Peter Webb
Apr 8, 2013
Me - moi - ich

My first are Kronhoffer Kletterschue from 1959. Still in occasional service.


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By teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Apr 8, 2013
Aiding.

I started with a pair of those lime green Five Ten Summits.

Terrible shoes, but relatively cheap. They were hot, stiff, and fit poorly, and they had a preternatural ability to stink (full canvas lining). They got to the point where I had to strap them to the outside of the car on the ride home!

Those shoes really turned me off of FiveTen . After I ditched the Summits for some Mythos, I've never climbed with FiveTen again.


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By Mingus
Apr 8, 2013

First were the red/orange Pivetta Spiders in 1978, followed quickly by 'Shoenards' aka Vasque Ascenders. A trip to the Whitehorse slabs convinced me to see the light and buy some green and white PAs. EBs were next until I lost them somewhere and bought one of the very first pairs of Fires. Etc, etc, etc. Megas, Le Menestrels, Synchros, Vectors, Lasers, Super Xs, Stingers, Taos, Cobras, Testarossas...


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By Keith Leaman
Apr 8, 2013

I climbed my first multipitch -the "White Maidens Walkaway" at Tahquitz in 1963 wearing Converse tennis shoes, but borrowed others' Kronhoffers for bouldering at Stoney Point in the late '50s. Anyone here remember Ray Palmer - a So Cal/Colorado climber from the '60s.


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By skinny legs and all
From Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Apr 8, 2013
Right Pile, Big Cottonwood Canyon, summer 2008.

My first pair were Boreal Diablo's in 1998. I still have them sitting on a shelf. I recently considered purchasing an unused pair in my size to wear for nostalgia's sake.


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By Leo Paik
Administrator
From Westminster, Colorado
Apr 8, 2013

My very first shoes I used for climbing were true court shoes. They sucked at Goat Rock, CA, and I didn't try climbing again for years.

Then, a classmate of mine gave me a pair of her ex-boyfriend's Fires that were 2 sizes too big and in need of a resole, yet I found them so much better than tennies that I got hooked. Thanks, Janice!


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By Dave Cummings
From Grand Junction, CO
Apr 9, 2013
me on my redpoint

I had the orange sportiva cliff but quickly switched over to the newly released sportiva Muira which had just come out in 99 and is all I climbed in for like 10 years


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By NYClimber
From New York
Apr 9, 2013
Awesome slab climb right out of the water! Rogers Rock, Lake George, NY. Summer 2013.

EB's in 1984.


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By T Howes
From Bozeman, MT
Apr 9, 2013

Montrail Smoothy's... and I was pissed when I blew out the toes in a month.


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By stacie daniels
Mar 7, 2014

A pair of kletter shoes I bought from Steve Kamito (not sure of the spelling!) at his great little shop just north of Boulder in 1970-71. Steve was a master boot maker but imported these. Gray uppers, absolutely no lining, just bare leather! Ha.


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By Graham Johnson
Mar 7, 2014

An ex-rental pair of Boreal Zephyrs. So stiff you could have taken them ice climbing. Did the trick though...


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By USBRIT
From Cumbria.UK
Mar 7, 2014
First ascent. The Sword of Damocles... a real beauty. P. Ross on the summit. Palisade and I-70 below.

Black sneakers from Woolworths... cost 30 cents.. or leather hiking boots. ..1954


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By adatemp
Mar 7, 2014

Boreal ballets...1994 or 95? Still got em somewhere. Not mine in the pic...

Boreal ballet
Boreal ballet


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By Ed Wright
Mar 7, 2014
Magic Ed

Keith Leaman wrote:
I climbed my first multipitch -the "White Maidens Walkaway" at Tahquitz in 1963 wearing Converse tennis shoes, but borrowed others' Kronhoffers for bouldering at Stoney Point in the late '50s. Anyone here remember Ray Palmer - a So Cal/Colorado climber from the '60s.


I knew a con artist in Boulder in '68 who called himself Roy Palm and claimed to be a rock climber from California.


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By Jonny 5
From Squamish BC
Mar 7, 2014
Chilling at top of pitch 6

La Sportiva Tesstarossa. May 2013. Almost through first resole...


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By Peter Webb
Mar 7, 2014
Me - moi - ich

Kronhoffer Kletterschue 1959. They are still good for light gym use.


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By NYClimber
From New York
Mar 9, 2014
Awesome slab climb right out of the water! Rogers Rock, Lake George, NY. Summer 2013.

EB's.


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