Category Archives: 1962

Vintage Snow and Ice Climbing Tools

Seen here are the ice axe and crampons I purchased in Chamonix, France, in the summer of 1962. Chamonix is the alpine climbing center of Europe, located in a deep valley at the foot of Mt. Blanc and the vertiginous Aiguilles (Needles) … Continue reading

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Ski-Bum Winter #3 – Stowe VT, 1961/62

I can’t remember why I chose Stowe for my third ski-bum winter. It wasn’t a great choice. The skiing generally sucks in the East, and that winter was no exception. Rain storms were followed by severe cold snaps, until you could … Continue reading

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Travels Abroad, 1962-3, Chapter 11 – Iran

We drove southeast into Iran, and, as evening approached, the wind was blowing hard. Dust everywhere. We pulled up against the mud brick wall of a compound, in the lee of the wind, and began cooking dinner. Not long after, a man came … Continue reading

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Travels Abroad, 1962-3, Chapter 12 – Afghanistan and Pakistan

The road from the Iran/Afghanistan border to the western city of Herat was no improvement over the one that had got us to the border. The Englishman, an engineer, had Brian back the Bug over an irrigation ditch, so that he … Continue reading

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Travels Abroad, 1962-3, Chapter 10 – Turkey

Brian Walton, myself and his VW Bug set sail from Haifa, with our destination Antalya, Turkey. As we approached Antalya, we saw a snowy mountain rising directly up from the coast. “Let’s climb that”, I said to Brian. We pulled in … Continue reading

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Travels Abroad, 1962-3, Chapter 9 – Israel

Why did I go to Israel? Well … I’m not a religious Jew. I am, at best, a “culinary” Jew. I love lox and bagels! But whatever … I was Jewish enough to be fascinated by what had come about in Israel. … Continue reading

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Travels Abroad, 1962-3, Chapter 8 – The Draft

I met Karen in Munich. And, I needed some income. I found a job in a “baustelle” (building under construction), using “pickel und schaufle”. I was working with some Turks and an Austrian kid who was a Socialist. A good group of people. … Continue reading

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