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Chouinard Equipment Mashies

Accession Number

1501.2019.1

Object Name

Chouinard Equipment Mashies

Created

20/08/2019

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

20/08/2019

Brief Description

Eight Chouinard Equipment mashies on wire on a karabiner

Materials

Aluminium

Dimensions

2.5(L) x2(W) 2(L) x 2(W) 2(L) x1.5(W) 1.5(L) x1(W) cms

Number Of Objects

8

Inscription Description

Diamond with a "C" on each and "USA"
"2" "3" "4" "5"

Colour

silver

Maker

Chouinard

Object Production Place

USA

Provenance

Artificial climbing is the technique of climbing a rock face by means other than using your hands and feet. This would involve hammering something ‘artificial’ into the rock such as a piton, or maybe drilling a hole to insert an expansion bolt. There are other, rather bizzare items that can be used and we have some of them here in the collection. Known as ‘mashies’ these soft lumps of aluminium are designed to be hammered into cracks in the rock where it is hoped that the aluminium will shape to the crack and form an anchor. The brave artificial climber would then clip in a small ladder known as an etrier and climb up it ready to place the next device- progress!
Fortunately, the set we have here in the collection have not been mashed and remain in mint condition.
Chouinard Equipment first produced mashies in 1982 and we think this set dates from around that time.
They were kindly donated from around that time by our friend, Jonathon Winter.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Jonathon Winter

Acquisition Date

20/08/2019

Condition Check Date

20/08/2019

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

20/08/2019

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