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VINTAGE STUBAI ROCK CLIMBING (PITON) HAMMER European 1930s -1950s
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Vintage Stubai Piton Hammer. Austria, 1930s-1950s.  Originally designed for the mountain troops in Europe.  Piton or wall hammers were primarily used at that time in aid climbing for the placement and removal of pitons.  This is a classic vintage design by Stubai.

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  • 1910 to 1914 : Hans Dulfer suggests using equipment to ascend otherwise unclimbable rock, devises dülfersitz rappelling technique.
  • 1914 : Paul Preuss, an advocate of Free Climbing, coins the term "artificial aid" to describe the use of mechanical aids to progress up a rock. His rule number four (of six) stated: "The piton is an emergency aid and not the basis of a system of mountaineering." 
    Note: The two principal uses of pitons on an ascent are as protective safeguards (not used for actual hand or footholds - climbers refrained from putting weight on them except in the event of a fall) and as direct aid (used to physically assist in ascending a steep or overhanging slope rather than merely as protection). Climbers like Paul Preuss and Geoffrey Winthrop Young argued strongly against direct aid, but others of that era, including Hands Dulfer and Tita Piaz, advocated using such devices as artificial aids in order to climb otherwise unscalable walls. After World War I most European climbers chose to employ artificial aid when necessary. However, from the beginning days of rock climbing as a sport, through the 1940s, another form of artificial assistance was at times employed by teams of two or more climbers: the shoulder stand. From our current perspective it seems odd that many of those climbers who strenuously objected to hanging on a piton found the shoulder stand to be quite acceptable. 

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