FNA - First Natural Ascent - no synthetics


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Clint White aka Faulted Geologist · · Lawrence, KS · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 158

Ever since childhood I have dreamed of Eiger as depicted in the classic movie about the Hinterstoisser team. We are lucky to have superior gear today that is lighter and more safe than those ground breaking days. In light of the PFCs in DWR treatments discussions, the thought keeps coming back of having all sustainable gear for some basic non-super-technical alpine climbs. Call it the FNA, or First Natural Ascent.

Gear would consist of canvas and wool clothing, leather boots, hemp rope, and wood/metal axes/gear/etc. Leave the rack behind, sling some rail nuts, wax your workwear, and head for the hills.

Any other naturalists out there? And I mean OUT THERE! Think hippies with axes, just leave the banjo at base camp.

Ian Rogers · · Rolla · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 10

I think this is what you're looking for

https://vimeo.com/123870988

Muscrat · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 3,610

(see above^^)
I'm going to play word nazi here for the moment and say that most modern metals are 'synthetic'
"A natural material is any product or physical matter that comes from plants, animals, or the ground. Minerals and the metals that can be extracted from them (without further modification) are also considered to belong into this category".... (from that always accurate web source....wiki)
There goes your shoes, your ice gear, etc.

Bill Kirby · · Baltimore Maryland · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 480

You might enjoy this:

vimeo.com/35167823

Clint White aka Faulted Geologist · · Lawrence, KS · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 158
Muscrat wrote:(see above^^) I'm going to play word nazi here for the moment and say that most modern metals are 'synthetic' "A natural material is any product or physical matter that comes from plants, animals, or the ground. Minerals and the metals that can be extracted from them (without further modification) are also considered to belong into this category".... (from that always accurate web source....wiki) There goes your shoes, your ice gear, etc.
Strict adherence to code is important, we just need to define what that will be. Above may be tier 1; methinks tier 2 will be acceptable. Any metal can be recycled, so it fits the bill. The rest must not include plastics or synthetic rubbers, so natural latex or rubber is good.

As for the free solo with a hat, that better be one warm hat!

Thanks for the links and videos. Will dig in later.
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