Objects Database

Crampons

Accession Number

667.2008.1

Object Name

Crampons

Created

16/12/2008

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

16/12/2008

Brief Description

'Chouinard' rigid crampons. Ten points. Neoprene straps and metal buckles.

Materials

metal, nylon

Dimensions

33(l) x 9(w) x 8(d) cms.

Number Of Objects

1 pair

Colour

silver, black

Maker

Chouinard

Provenance

British mountaineer, Oscar Eckenstein is credited with producing the first crampons specifically for mountaineering, in 1908. Italian blacksmith, Laurent Grivel, added front points to Eckenstein's creation in 1929. There were many other variations over the years and in 1967, American climbers, Tom Frost and Yvon Chouinard, created the world's first rigid crampon, a fine example of which we have here. This pair are adonized, or coated to help longevity and to stop 'balling' i.e. snow and ice sticking to them. These crampons were very popular in the 1970's and 80's, but like so many things in the mountaineering world - new ideas rendered them obsolete.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Andy MacDonald

Acquisition Date

16/12/2008

Condition Check Date

28/04/2009

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

28/04/2009

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