Item1960s Chouinard Equipment, ‘Bong’ Piton

Chouinard Equipment, founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1957, revolutionized climbing gear technology. Initially a blacksmithing operation, Chouinard hand-forged pitons — metal spikes used in climbing. These pitons were reusable, contrasting with the single-use soft iron pitons that were then common, marking a significant advancement in climbing technology. Chouinard Equipment evolved to produce a wide range of climbing hardware and became renowned for its innovative design and environmental ethos. In the 1970s, recognizing the ecological damage caused by pitons, the company shifted focus to less damaging equipment like aluminum chocks. This move reflected Chouinard's commitment to sustainability and profoundly influenced the climbing community's environmental consciousness. Change Creator - Lessons for a Sustainable Life by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard 🔗’'The Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection' 🔗
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