The Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection
Pair of mint condition yellow 'Jumar' ascendeurs. Blue handle for right hand. Red handle for left hand. Chrome rope clamp.Safety lever.Yellow nylon braided leash attached to one through hole at the bottom. Leaflet with instructions included.
chrome steel, painted aluminium alloy ?, nylon
18(l) x 7.5(w) x 3.5(d)cms
Label inside grip reads " SWISS MADE JUMAR CH - 3713 REICHENBACH TESTED TO 5000 N ( 1100 LBS )" Number "3" stamped on both.
A bit of a rarity these: a mint condition 'bagged' set of probably the most successful, early ascendeurs. Some of the early die cast alloy ones broke and it was common to reinforce them with tape. Jumaring became a collective term for ascending ropes even if you were using some other device - a bit like calling a a vacuum cleaner a hoover. The climber's jargon for 'jumaring' was 'jugging', as holding the handle of a jumar was like holding a jug of ale. Mick Tighe acquired this set from somewhere, but we are not quite sure where!
Jumars seem to have been developed/invented by two Swiss gentlemen called Adolf Jussi and Walter Marti in the 1950's. They used them for climbing up to eagles' nests.
Donated by Mick Tighe
Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007