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Waffle Stompers v. Smear

December 6 2011 at 11:06 AM
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Russ D.  (Login PalawanPete)

Watched a show on big wall climbing in Yosemite last night (made in 2002). I was surprised to learn that even in the early 70's when I started rock climbing, the heavy lugged boot was outmoded and not used by those who were really into climbing. Admittedly we were isolated in our Logan Canyon climbing world but the guys who taught me were reading the available literature. The idea was to get as stiff-soled boots as possible to be able to edge on small features. And I remember dreaming of being able to afford some really good Tyrolean climbing boots instead of the cheap mushy things I had. I could have used my gym shoes and done much better. I only heard about climbing shoes years later. Any of you guys who were climbing back then--had you heard about climbing in tennis shoes or other "grippy" soles, or was this just a Camp 4 thing at Yosemite?

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