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Get yer Salathe arrow piton, only $5000
« on: September 10, 2012, 11:41:44 am »
http://www.ebay.com/itm/130763160787

Starting bid, $5000.
So far no one's biting. Get on it gentlemen!

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This is an authentic and very rare Salath? piton, the holy grail of climbing hardware collectibles.   This sale is only for the very serious collector of climbing history. This piton was hand made by John Salath? and has his trademark Diamond P logo clearly stamped into the piton?s steel.  This piton may well have been used on the first ascent of Sentinel Rock.

 

"(John) Salath? saw the need for tougher pitons- thin, reusable ones that could be forced farther into bottomed cracks and pounded into contorted cracks without buckling. He wanted a piton that would dominate the granite, not the other way around?Salath? simply used bars of 40/60 carbon and vanadium alloy steel, which he could have obtained easily and cheaply?The resulting hand-forged and heat-treated pitons, beautifully fashioned into the standard horizontal shape, were far tougher than the European pitons of the day. Most of these handsome objects bore an imprint, a tiny ?P? inside a diamond, the logo of his Peninsula Wrought Iron Works."- Steve Roper Camp 4

The CW stamped under the diamond P is quite likely the initials of celebrated California climber Chuck Wilts who may have been a onetime owner of this particular piton. Salath? sold some of his pitons, but climbers thought the fifty cent price was too high. 

In the Fall of 1947, Chuck and Spencer Austin made an attempt at the unclimbed Lost Arrow Chimney, surpassing the high point of the competing Salathe-Nelson team. Shortly thereafter, Salathe's party finally made the first ascent, but the legendary Yosemite big wall pioneer had gained great respect for rival Wilts?.  Wilts and Salathe became good friends and that winter Salathe took a 3 day Sierra ski tour with Chuck and Chuck?s wife Ellen.I also have for sale a variety of hard or impossible to find vintage mountaineering equipment including but not limited to, antique wood ice axes, hundreds of soft iron pitons, vintage Eckenstien crampons, piton hammers and other vintage climbing gear. Some of my most prized items include the extremely rare Salathe pitons, vintage Chouinard pitons and hammers, Dolt bolt hangers from the Nose of El Capitan, 10thMountain division designed US military wooden ice axes, various styles of vintage ice screws and ice daggers.
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Re: Get yer Salathe arrow piton, only $5000
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2012, 01:01:37 pm »
scam?


There's no provenence. No identification either.



5k?  buahahaha, we're climbers living in trucks and vans down by the river.

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Re: Get yer Salathe arrow piton, only $5000
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2012, 07:13:30 pm »
we're climbers living in trucks and vans down by the river.

Trucks and vans...? 

I'm living out of a solo tent that I share with 52 of my relatives, where we don't even have a sleeping bag to share amongst the entire family.  Trucks and vans would be luxury to us!

And we don't even have a river!


Still, I guess it's not as bad as the lot these guys had as kids...

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