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FORREST MOUNTAINEERING ICE AXE 23'' Like New
By Ice Axe Forrest Mountaineering
Price: $150.00


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Bill Forrest was a designer, manufacturer and retailer of climbing gear in Denver from the 1960s to 1980s. He was always thinking outside the box, so his gear looked a little different from everybody else.

His major ice tool invention was making replaceable picks and heads for axes and hammers. He may have been the first to do that. This axe has a fairly traditional head, modernized with real serrations that might actually hold in Neve, so it may be one of his earlier creations.  

The head is steel, the shaft is probably aluminum, and the covering is actually a nice looking rubber sheet tubeing, thin but not paper thin, maybe 1/2 mm thick. There is some rubber chips missing at the bottom of the shaft so we can see how its made. Otherwise the axe is like New. The shaft is 23 inches long. 

He founded Forrest Mountaineering in Colorado in 1968, churning out inventions that would become a staple of Boulder's high-end climbing shops, not to mention our climbing racks.

He came up with a fiberglass wall hammer and ice tools with interchangeable picks, the swami belt with adjustable leg loops, the daisy chain and shock-absorbing quickdraws, copperheads, and Tritons, those all-in-pieces for belaying, rappelling, and protection. Later he became a designer and tester for Mountain Safety Research and won awards for his snowshoe designs.

He did the first solo ascent of the Diamond on Longs Peak in 1970s. Then, in May 1972, he and partner Kris Walker put up the first ascent of the Painted Wall in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, taking nine days to establish a 26-pitch route up Colorado's largest cliff. In July 1979, he made the first ascent of Uli Biaho Tower in Pakistan with the powerhouse climbers Ron Kauk, John Roskelley, and Kim Schmitz. The four climbed the East Face alpine style in 34 pitches, spending 10 nights in hammocks to put up the first Grade VII by Americans.

Ice axes cost about $25 to ship in the USA.

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