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Chouinard Tube Chocks (notched)

Accession Number

1516.2019.1

Object Name

Chouinard Tube Chocks (notched)

Created

07/11/2019

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

07/11/2019

Brief Description

Two Chouinard Tube Chocks on rope.

Materials

aluminium alloy

Dimensions

11(L) and 15(L) x 6.3(Diameter) cms

Number Of Objects

2

Inscription Description

Diamond with "C" inside and "USA" on both and "4 and 1/2" and "6"

Colour

silver

Maker

Chouinard

Object Production Place

USA

Provenance

American mountaineer, inventor and manufacturer, Yvon Chouinard, created his first 'Tube Chocks' back in 1973; designed as a relatively lightweight way to get anchors/protection in the wide cracks of Yosemite and other American climbing areas. Early versions were a simple tube slightly tapered at the ends with holes for the rope. The later versions that we have in the collection have a little notch( Chouinard calls it a fillet) cut out of the edge which is supposed to stop the chock rotating in the crack.
A few of these chocks made their way over to the UK in the 1970/80's though they were pretty much an American thing which became somewhat redundant when large camming devices took over in the 80/90's.
Thanks to our fellow collector, Art McCarthy for sending them over from America.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Art McCarthy

Acquisition Date

07/11/2019

Condition Check Date

07/11/2019

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

07/11/2019

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