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Gallery: 8 Old-School Climbing Photos
Roger Pollard climbing on the 5.7 Ruper Traverse of Ruper (5.8), Redgarden Wall, Eldorado Canyon, Colorado, in 1976.
Here’s me “buildering” on the Santa Cruz, California, Safeway, in August 1981. Note the EBs and the Photomat drive-thru! No climbing gyms back then!
Craig Forbes climbing in the Garden of the Gods, Colorado, in 1984.
Terry Larson at the now-closed Carp River Crag, Marquette, Michigan, in 1979 or 1980.
Eric Ming bouldering in Morrison, Colorado, in 1976, wearing heavy wool socks and EBs.
Paul Bentz on the East Buttress of El Cap, circa 1982.
Paul Bentz rigging for the Tyrolean traverse on Lost Arrow Spire, Yosemite, circa 1983.
Rappelling in the Narrows of the Poudre Canyon, Fort Collins, Colorado.
To celebrate our 50th anniversary (yes, we really are that old), we asked readers to send in their best “old school” shots taken over the decades. Our winning shot for issue No. 372 was Roger Pollard’s image of him climbing on the 5.7 Ruper Traverse of Ruper (5.8), Redgarden Wall, Eldorado Canyon, Colorado, in 1976—note the white painter’s pants, tube socks, high-top rock shoes, and vintage slings, pro, and carabiners. For his shot, Roger wins a pair of Upshot Belay Glasses from Metolius Climbing.
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