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AUTHENTIC LIMMER NAILED BOOTS: ORIGINAL FROM THE 1970S. Excellent Condition, Size 12.
By Limmer, Peter and Sons, New Hampshire
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REAL 1970s STYLE NAILED LIMMER BOOTS. MADE IN THE USA.
And we know who climbed in them!

The above picture is of Swiss Nailed Boots, and our Nailed Limmers are similar. There is a photo of Limmer Boots below.

MADE BY LEGENDARY CUSTOM CLIMBING BOOT MAKER PETER LIMMER AND SONS OF INTERVALE, NEW HAMPSHIRE, IN THE 1970s.

Below is a picture of Limmer Boots, but with rubber soles. Limmers were usually insulated, and had a padded collar above the ankle. They were also made not insulated for summer hikers.

The pair we have for sale has a leather sole and Tricouni Nails on the sole.



Whose Nailed Boots are these?

There is always somebody who doesn't get the word. Kevin J. Fox was an old fashioned mountaineer, and used old fashioned climbing gear, and he took pride in that. He loved traditional ideas, and he eschewed nylon and plastic.

I love the expression, "In the old days they made wooden ships and steel men. Now they make steel ships and wooden men." That was Kevin Fox.

Kevin Fox was an enthusiastic climber and climbed in the Tetons and Canadian mountains in the 1970s to 2000s. By no coincidence that is were true mountaineering in North America was first practiced. He also wrote one of the major Canadian climbing guidebooks.

Kevin Fox and friend went up to the Rockies almost every year. What was unusual was they climbed in knickers, wool, cotton, and their tools were made from steel, wood, and leather. Kevin had always used nailed boots, and he was able to have them made for him with Tricouni Nailed Soles.

Climbers in modern gear they met on climbs were always flabbergasted with their old, and old looking, gear. But their times from base to summits was always faster than the guidebook said.

We have his pair of Nailed Limmer Boots. They are in Fine condition, and are about size 12. They are used, but have decades of climbing left in them. Yes, they can still be used today!

These may be the only pair of Nailed Limmer Boots to ever come on the market! There is no photo of Nailed Limmers on the internet!

Kevin died from (not climbing) too young in 2005. We were friends, and I was able to acquire his books and climbing gear from Macy, his widow. He felt he had several decades of climbing left in him, and being a generous man, I am sure he would love the idea of somebody using his boots, or displaying them in a collection of old climbing gear. (We have his rope too, but it was nylon!)

The boots have over 30 Tricouni edge and hob nails in each boot! Larger edge nails are marked 'TRICOUNI BREV SUISSE'. The leather uppers and soles are in fine condition. Excellent condition although they need a good cleaning

Postage charges will be based on weight, 5 pounds. About $15 USA, $45 Canada, $60-$100 Foreign.

Contrary to what we may think, Tricouni is still in business, still making nails for boots. Their principal market today is boots for lumberjacks and loggers.

From Wikipedia:

Félix Genecand, a jeweler by profession and passionate climber based in Geneva, Switzerland, designed a new type of boot nail and nailing system in 1912 which was a performance breakthrough. This was because he was able to harden nails for the first time by making them in 2 pieces. The hard gripping part was brazed to the softer malleable part which was attached to the boot by a transverse double nail. The hardened steel nails were aligned with the periphery of the toe of the boot. so giving the boot and the climber the ability to grip a much smaller hold, even to a small pebble.

Additionally the nails could be fitted without the specialist help of a cobbler and ensured greater length of life. The name he gave to these nails was the affectionate nickname given to him personally by his climbing friends, 'Tricouni' after the climb of the same name in the Salève near Geneva.
 
Nailed boots were not only very effective on wet, lichenous or ice covered rock, but were actually better than today's molded rubber soles.  For many alpine climbs of the day, crampons were unnecessary because nailed boots were perfect on nevée slopes and good in ice steps. This very effectiveness arguably slowed down the progression of crampon development and usage.

The critical issue with this type of footwear was insulation, because nails were perfect for conducting heat away from the feet. It was customary practice for alpine climbers to select boots large enough to be used with two pairs of socks.  For Himalayan climbing the sizing was increased to allow three pairs of socks. However, simply adding more pairs of socks could not solve the problem and there were many attempts to improve boot design.

Personal Note:
I have used insulated Limmer Boots for climbing. They are also 1970s vintage, vwere sturdy, comfortable, but heavy. They accepted crampons well. It still have my last pair, used but not abused. Also about a size 12. If you need a pair like that, we should talk.


 

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