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Richard Rossiter starting the first pitch of the West Gully, 1977.  Photo by Tim Hogan.  The gear is novel:  Galibier leather boots, hinged crampons, wool knickers, Dachstein mits, home-made sit harness and rucksack, oval carabiners on 1-inch webbing, Stubai solid ice screws, Forest Mjolner (ice hammer), Rooster Head axe (right hand), Ultimate climbing helmet, et cetera.  This is not an actual climber of course, but a manikin in a glass case, at the Smithsonian.
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Richard Rossiter
May 5, 2007
Richard Rossiter starting the first pitch of the West Gully, 1977. Photo by Tim Hogan. The gear is novel: Galibier leather boots, hinged crampons, wool knickers, Dachstein mits, home-made sit harness and rucksack, oval carabiners on 1-inch webbing, Stubai solid ice screws, Forest Mjolner (ice hammer), Rooster Head axe (right hand), Ultimate climbing helmet, et cetera. This is not an actual climber of course, but a manikin in a glass case, at the Smithsonian.  
George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
T'was always snowing back then, too, and nobody wore goggles.

Stubai solid ice screws? Wasn't this called an ice piton? Good thing this is all in the Smithsonian, or the AAC climbing museum in Golden! Feb 23, 2009
rob bauer
Golden, CO
rob bauer   Golden, CO
Funniest caption I ever read! AND, it's almost exactly what I in 1977. (I was the other guy who had a RoosterHead.) Hell, I guess it's what we all had back then. Feb 23, 2009

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