Men climbing rock face. Photo NVMA 6316.

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Nails on Rock

This pair of mountaineers climbing the back of the Camel on Crown Mountain in the 1920s illustrates the importance of good boots. The nails on the boot soles were driven in by hand to provide grip on rock, cracks and ice. The nails on the soles are likely hobnails, while the nails on the edges are tricounis, specialized pointed nails made for climbers. In the 1950s, boots with Vibram soles became popular as they were much lighter and gripped on rock.

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