A5 Adventures 1987 and 1988 Pricelists
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My first gear catalogs I typed up in 1987 are a good reference for gear researchers (including me) to recall all the state of the art gear of the mid-1980s. I started A5 Adventures, Inc. company making hammers, but I also set up wholesale accounts with every possible climbing gear manufacturer to offer via mail-order the best and most specialised tools for efficient big wall climbing. A few tricks were being learned. I post these here as they are not anywhere else. I just found these old copies buried in some storage box and scanned them just now (2022):
1987 A5 Adventures Catalog
Believe it or not, the above was all stored on a memory typewriter, which involved arcane methods to re-edit to update prices, etc, but once stored, I could automatically type out more. Soon later I invested several thousand dollars in a Apple Macintosh SE, my first computer and a huge amount of money in those days. John McMullen came on board and began creating great bigwall art, so I learned how to typeset using Apple programs, and we started to lay out new cool catalogs.
1988 A5 Adventures “Pre-Season” Pricelist:
Catalogs 1 and 2 (1990/1) and 1996 (our last year)
Several old A5 Catalogs can be seen on bigwalls.net at http://www.bigwalls.net/d4-design.html
Bigwalls.net vs. Bigwalls.com
Be sure to also visit bigwalls.com which are the top “How-to” videos (bigwalls.com used to direct to bigwalls.net, but as I never had any “commerical” on the .com domain, I only really need bigwalls.net, which still offers archival and design information, so I gave Ryan the bigwalls.com domain.