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Sep 29, 2016
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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.
Faulted Geologist
From Lawrence, KS
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Sep 29, 2016
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Ian Rogers
From Rolla
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Sep 29, 2016
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kook central for 'natural' ascents:

supertopo.com/climbing/forum.p...
Tim Lutz
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Sep 29, 2016
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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.
Muscrat
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You might enjoy this:

Bill Kirby
From Baltimore Maryland
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Sep 29, 2016
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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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