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CHOUINARD ANGLE PITON SIGNED by Tommy Caldwell
By Chouinard, Yvon and Tom Frost
Price: $25.00


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ORIGINAL 1960s-1970s CHOUINARD STEEL ANGLE PITON SIGNED BY TOMMY CALDWELL

THIS IS AN ORIGINAL 3/4', 1' OR 1 1/4' ANGLE WITH THE ORIGINAL DIAMOND C LOGO
 
We collect old pitons, and have asked some of the great 1960s climbers who used this type of gear to sign original Chouinard Steel Pitons, mostly angles 3/4' to 2' and longer Lost Arrows, plus a few Bugaboos and Knife Blades and Bongs. So far we have gotten Tommy Caldwell, Lynn Hill, Conrad Anker, Layton Kor, Tom Frost, Jim Bridwell, Fred Beckey and Royal Robbins to sign for us (And a few by Chouinard and Warren Harding).
 
The pitons were cleaned first (The true meaning of clean climbing) to remove oil, dirt, rust, tape and paint, and the boys signed in Silver or Black marker, whichever looked better.
 
The 1972 Chouinard Catalog has the following useful product information about pitons.

Masterpieces in design, having fair lines and functional shapes, these angles typify the high qualities of beauty in the Chouinard line of pitons. The angle pitons have inherently exceptional holding power; yet when not overdriven they are easy to remove, and retain long service life. Because this size crack is frequently encountered, the angle has become the standard angle piton of the American climber. The 1, 1-1/4, and 1-1/2 angles are consecutively lager sizes required for wide-angle cracks. The latter two are riveted closed for greater strength, holding power, ease of removal and endurance. All the angles are made of aircraft quality alloy steel, and heat-treated for optimum toughness.

Alloy steel angles are more destructive to the cracks than any other piton. Because of the tremendous stiffness and hardness of the alloy steel, in a short time the thin edges of their blades can cut grooves in even the toughest rock. However, these sized cracks are the ones most suited for chocks. We urge the use of chocks whenever possible.

The young Yvon Chouinard purchased a forge in 1956 and started fabricating chrome moly steel pitons using a Diamond C logo, originally selling them from his truck in Yosemite Valley to support his own climbing and surfing lifestyle. Chouinard went on to found the Great Pacific Iron Works in Ventura, CA. and later the very successful Patagonia. Chouinard climbing equipment developed a worldwide reputation for quality. Some of the equipment was made in the USA, some was made in Europe to Chouinard specifications. Chouinard Equipment was forced to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the 80s because of several lawsuits unrelated to product quality. Plaintiffs claimed that Chouinard failed to warn them that use of climbing equipment was potentially hazardous. The climbing hardware business was sold to the employees, who changed the name to Black Diamond and retained a modified diamond logo.


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