/ old ice axe rating?
Some of the older Chouinard axes are collectors items for the Americans at least and worth something. Get over to Supertopo and get searching!
Not so long ago it was one of the best known trademarks on climbing gear
I must be getting even older then, I've been mountaineering for over 15 years and that fact passed me by.
I wouldn't worry about it.
My first harness was a Chouinard and it was great harness thatb was in about 1990-1991
Basically the company went bankrupt and re-emrged as Black Diamond with the original logo as a D in a Diamond
"Went bankrupt" isn't really the full story. Chouinard filed for Chapter 11 protection against a couple of law suits for "failure to inform their customers that climbing was dangerous". If these cases had been lost, then the payouts would have sunk the company.
Black Diamond was the employee owned company that emerged from the pieces.
> Black Diamond was the employee owned company that emerged from the pieces.
it was before In started climbing so I didn't know the in's and out's of it.
But I suppose common sense isn't to common in the USA. I means, hanging from your fingertips from a rock face several hundred feet of the ground. isn't dangerous what is?
I do have a chouinard zero axe tho', and even occasionally use it, and it is very nicely made. I also have some krabs and some stoppers, and maybe some pegs.
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