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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. sibylle
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EB's. 1980 s.price
From PS,CO
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FiveTen Diamonds. Hot as hell and sized too large. beccs
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Boreal Aces. Gargano
From Oakland, CA
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Scarpa Brio's Bob Dobalina
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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. 1Eric Rhicard
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belay slaving on some route I forgot the name of w...
I first had a pair of Merrels. That was like '92, I think? Kirk B.
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Following a pitch on Good Evans.  Photo by Kevin G...
Boreal Aces. The day glow green ones. Awesome shoes! TomJensen
From Fort Collins
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Me - moi - ich
My first are Kronhoffer Kletterschue from 1959. Still in occasional service. Peter Webb
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Apr 8, 2013
Aiding. Photo by Locker.
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.
teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Joined Dec 16, 2012
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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... Mingus
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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. Keith Leaman
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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. skinny legs and all
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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!
Leo Paik
From Westminster, Colorado
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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 Dave Cummings
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Apr 9, 2013
Awesome slab climb right out of the water! Rogers ...
EB's in 1984. NYClimber
From New York
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Montrail Smoothy's... and I was pissed when I blew out the toes in a month. T Howes
From Sisters, OR
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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. stacie daniels
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An ex-rental pair of Boreal Zephyrs. So stiff you could have taken them ice climbing. Did the trick though... Graham Johnson
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 P.Ross on the FA Girdle/Traverse  of Castleton To...
Black sneakers from Woolworths... cost 30 cents.. or leather hiking boots. ..1954 USBRIT
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Boreal ballets...1994 or 95? Still got em somewhere. Not mine in the pic...

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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.
Ed Wright
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La Sportiva Tesstarossa. May 2013. Almost through first resole... Jonny 5
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Me - moi - ich
Kronhoffer Kletterschue 1959. They are still good for light gym use. Peter Webb
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Awesome slab climb right out of the water! Rogers ...
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