Where did they all come from?

I would like to thank the following people and suppliers for helping me assemble this collection. The number of devices that I've acquired from each source is the best count I have, and is current as of April 3, 2017.

The stars go to the suppliers who have helped me acquire the greatest number of items for my collection (one star for each 25 items). I'm not selectively endorsing any particular vendor, since I have had good relations with all of them, but these have gone out of their way to help me assemble this collection.

One of the vendors who acquired a number of devices for me pointed out that it may make the vendors "look bad" if I give them credit for selling me a device, but then write that I don't like it. I don't think that anyone should make this interpretation. Many of the devices in my collection were available from a number of sources, and in those cases I tried to be fair to everyone and spread the business evenly. Other devices were special orders, and not recommended by the vendors. I've even been sold devices on the condition that I don't ever use them because they are unsafe! I'm identifying my sources for information only, and such an identification doesn't imply that the vendor endorses the device.

If I've missed the URL for any of the major contributers, please e-mail me and I'll correct it.

Major contributers:

Source Number

Bob Thrun Collection

361

Inner Mountain Outfitters

115

On Rope 1

90

John E. Weinel Inc.
(includes items provided under the name Rock N Rescue)

86

Krok
(includes items provided under the names Gear4Rocks and PetrenkoWorld)

66
 Dr. Gary D. Storrick 65

Speleoshoppe

49

Expé-Spelemat

46

Ural Sport

33

Mountain Gear

25

Ragged Mountain Equipment

24

Single Rope Technique Equipment

23

Barrabés.com

22

Ondřej Belica

21

Bob & Bob

18

Howell-N-Mann
(includes items provided by Sam Howell)

18

Darrel Tomer

16

Exkursion Outfitters

16

Robert W. Storrick

14

Eiselin Sport

13

Tom Furey

13

WesSpur Tree Equipment

12

CarolJo Rushin-Elron

11

Alpinsport Basis GmbH

10

Chris Christensen

10

Harald Müller

10
Karst Sports 9
Walkhigh Mountaineering 9
Backcountry
(Utah. Not the same company as Backcountry Gear)
8
Barry Duncan 8
Climb X 8
Pathfinder Sports 8
R. C. Schroeder 8
Yucca Dune 8
Al Fincham 7
Backcountry Gear
(Oregon. Not the same company as Backcountry)
7
Bill Boehle 7
Brasovia 7
CWC Supply 7
Geoffrey Storey 7
Gold Bucket 7
Hanny Piltz 7
Hawill's Ltd. 7
International Safety Equipment 7
Joseph M Zambelli 7
Repetto Sport 7
Rescue Response Gear Inc. 7
Sheryle Bauer 7
Vertical Supply 7
Climb Max 6
Cormier Mountaineering Systems 6
Craig Kubanoff 6
Daniel MacKinnon 6
David Jones 6
Ed Sira 6
John Woods 6
K&R Adventure Gear 6
KHS Sales 6
Olivier Peron Caillet 6
Amazon.com
(excludes items provided by an identified affiliate)
5
Bob Elron 5
Climb Tech 5
Climbing Terekpl 5
Joyce Fabric 5
Knot & Rope Supply / Amazon.com 5
NSS Auction 5
Raven Products 5
RescueTECH 5
USHBA Mountain Works 5
NOCO Gear
(includes items provided under the eBay ID Yinetyme)
5

Four items each:

  • Andrew Knoflicek
  • B&C Wunderwear
  • Bob Thrun
  • Brian Trevelyan
  • Eastern Mountain Sports
  • Geary Schindel
  • Gendarme
  • Gene Clinger
  • GrandWall Equipment
  • Jay Kennedy
  • Julian Turner
  • KwikSpace Safety
  • Linko Chen
  • Lior Porian
  • Mad Rock
  • Mike Adams
  • Mike Moser
  • Mountain Tools
  • OmniProGear
  • Para-Gear
  • Pigeon Mountain Industries
  • prstraining.com
  • Robert Bowman
  • Skinny Skis
  • Stéphane Pennequin
  • Sunpei
  • The Outdoor Store
  • Thomas Kopp
  • TrekkInn
  • Zachary Britner

Three items each:

  • Alec Rowley
  • Au Vieux Campeur
  • AustriAlpin USA
  • Banana Fingers
  • Barbara Anne Am Ende
  • Brent Fader
  • Charles Denning
  • CMC Rescue
  • Cotswold Outdoor
  • Dave Belski, made by Dean Holloway ca. 1964-65
  • David G Keenan II (gamesandstuff4sale)
  • Denis Pivot
  • G.I. Joe Army Stores
  • GearExpress.com
  • GotYourGear.com
  • Hardware Sales
  • Harry Rogers
  • Howie's Harnesses
  • John Gardner
  • Jon Marshall
  • L&S Sporting Goods
  • Link Up Gear
  • Lucky Outdoor
  • Mizo
  • Moosineer
  • Mountainland Outdoor
  • Needle Sports
  • NSS Consignment Sales
  • Omega Pacific
  • Outdoor Shopping LLC
  • Paul Calton
  • Philipp Molzer
  • Pinnacle Arborist Supplies (includes items provided through Amazon.com)
  • Ron Boomsma
  • Ron Simmons
  • SAR
  • Theresa Williams/Maury Benamy
  • Unique Outfitters
  • Unknown Russian Caver #1
  • William Deaton
  • William Shrewsbury
  • Yi-tien Tuan
  • Yungfeng Xiao

Two items each:

  • Alan Shelby
  • Albéric Sibille
  • Alonzo Guerra
  • Alpinist & Globetrotter
  • Andrzej Mistela
  • Andy Dopson
  • Aric Schoonover
  • Avri Keren
  • Backountry (the one in Russia)
  • Bassett Metal Studios
  • Bevan Trower
  • Bill Varnedoe
  • Brian Greco
  • Bruce Ellison
  • Camping Survivals
  • Canyons & Crags
  • Caroline Campbell
  • Charles Knowles
  • Charles Wilkes
  • Charlotte Phillips
  • Cheryl Jones
  • Chloe Reeder
  • Dalloz Fall Protection
  • Dane Hardinge
  • Darrick Gregory
  • Dave Lester
  • David Mellor
  • Dawn Kordek
  • Dean Berkbigler
  • Duane Frerichs
  • Dwight Deal
  • eBay Secretive Seller
  • ExtremeGB Ltd.
  • Fell and Mountain
  • Frank Brown
  • Gareth Parry
  • Gary M. Steffan
  • Gibbs Products Inc.
  • Graham Barrett
  • GyC Seguridad S.L.
  • Henderson L. Holman IV
  • Hewbolt
  • J. Matzke
  • J. W. Jackson
  • James Head
  • Jansen Cardy
  • Jean Husband
  • Jeff Levin
  • Jerrold Smith
  • Jim Goodall Equipment
  • John Campbell
  • John Creelman
  • John Middendorf
  • John Murray
  • JustRescue
  • Kendall Chun
  • Leadrise Outdoor Equipment / Amazon.com
  • Len Zandee
  • Lindsay Rissinger
  • Lisa Ward
  • Luc Bourguignon
  • Marc Savignac
  • Marcus Warme
  • Mark Adler
  • Michael Fisher
  • Michael Silvey
  • Moosejaw
  • Morgan Thompson
  • Mountain Safety Research
  • Nate Fitch
  • On Rope (not the same as On Rope 1)
  • Outdoor Outpost
  • Paolo Favero
  • Patrice St. Germain
  • Patroller Supply
  • Paul Gough
  • Paul Hugill
  • Philip Harris
  • Richard Bradley
  • Richard Wolle
  • Robert Brock
  • Robert Landau
  • Robert Southard
  • Robert Steed
  • Rock'N'Rescue
  • Roger Clanton
  • Shawn Hinz
  • Siray Kosek
  • Smiley's
  • Stanley E. Thomas
  • SteepWorld
  • Steve Booth
  • Stuart Holmes
  • Stuart Polack
  • Sunny Sports
  • TAD Gear
  • Terry Wilkins
  • Tetyana Zurigat
  • Todd Paris
  • Tom Vines
  • Walter Marti
  • Warren Lewis
  • William Greenwald
  • Xuefei Liu
  • Young Manufacturing

One item each:

  • Aarond Reagan
  • Above the Ridge
  • Absolute Snow
  • Acme Climbing
  • acmeclimbing.com
  • Adam Farmer
  • Adam Gockel
  • Addie Mannan
  • AJ Sports / Amazon.com
  • Al Haarr
  • Alabama Pickers
  • Alan Leach
  • Alan Woodhead
  • Alex Zimmerman
  • Alexander Medrano
  • Allen Padgett
  • Alpine Sports
  • Altius Technical Services
  • Altrec.com
  • Álvaro Gomes da Fonseca
  • Alysa Halteman
  • American Alpine Club Store
  • Amnon Zohar
  • Amplatz Sport
  • Andrea Rambaldi
  • Andrew Newns
  • Andrew Tupalski
  • Andrius Jasinavicius
  • Ann Dunn
  • Anthony Burdett
  • Anthony Devonshire
  • Anthony Morton
  • A-OK Power Equipment
  • AR Equipment LLC / Amazon.com
  • Arbor Tech Supply / Amazon.com
  • Arthur Short
  • ATN, Inc.
  • Aukey International Ltd.
  • Avalanche
  • B. Bieger
  • Backyard Zip Lines
  • Barbara Bullard
  • Barry Huebner
  • Barry Line
  • Bedroom closet
  • Ben North
  • Ben Schwartz
  • Benjamin Townsend
  • BentGear.com
  • Beth Penick
  • BG Gear
  • Big Edge / Amazon.com
  • Bill Edwards
  • Bill Franz
  • Bill Holmes
  • Bill Ivanoff
  • Bill Storage
  • Blue Ridge Outdoors
  • Bob Danielson
  • Bob Wilson/everythingflight
  • Bonnie Guoguo
  • Bret Auernig
  • Brett Sapowith
  • Brian Bowness
  • Brian Fisk
  • Brian Kallfelz
  • Brittany L. Jacobs
  • Bry-Dan Corporation
  • Buffalo Gap Outfitters
  • C. Burford
  • C.J. Rushin-Bell
  • Cal Manky
  • Caleb Laurence (Laptop Specialties)
  • Camp Four / Amazon.com
  • CampFour
  • CampSaver.com
  • CampZ.com / Amazon.com
  • Canyon Country
  • Caran Hite
  • Cargo Largo
  • Carl Janysek
  • Carl Kunath
  • Catherine Molineux
  • Caves Unlimited
  • Caving Supplies
  • Centurion Surplus
  • Cesar Sandoval
  • Chance Philippi
  • Charles Barchuk
  • Check Six Aviation
  • Cheryl Madrid
  • Chris Pund
  • Chris Vandiver
  • Christie Baxter
  • Christoph Wendel
  • Christopher Connick
  • Christopher Wanless
  • Chuck Hoffmann
  • Chuck Rozner
  • Claudia Zavala
  • Claudio Fontanari
  • Clear Out Our Stuff
  • Climb Axe
  • Collon Phillips
  • Colm O'Dwyer
  • Comptoir des Techniques Verticales
  • Contact Left Ltd.
  • Conterra Inc.
  • Craig B. Clark
  • Crazy Shopping / Amazon.com
  • Croque Montagne
  • Crystal Brocklehurst
  • Curtis Gray
  • D. Novak
  • D. W. Dodd
  • Dale Baxter
  • Dan Macmurray
  • Dana D. Sandefur
  • Daniel Abend
  • Daniel Griffin
  • Daniel Liebers
  • Daniel Veelik
  • Dave Metcalfe
  • David B. Coles
  • David Chapman
  • Dennis Nicholson
  • Derek Nichols
  • Desert Rock Sports
  • Devereaux Cousins
  • Deziree Wilson
  • Dick Mitchell
  • Dirk Stoffels
  • Dirk-Jan Swier
  • Don Harper
  • Don Shofstall
  • Don Stephens
  • Donley Safety
  • Donna Paxton
  • East End Pawn Shop
  • Ed Yazzie
  • Eddie Hughes
  • Edward Bennett
  • Edwin Crook
  • Eric Thunberg
  • Erica Harley
  • ezAuctionDropOff
  • Fallright International
  • Finnrappel
  • Fire Innovations
  • Florsheim Consultants
  • Francois Gelinas
  • Frank Hale
  • Franklin T Finley
  • FRHAM Safety Products, Inc
  • Fritz Scholz
  • Fusion Climb online
  • G. Wright
  • Garden Machine Tools
  • Garth Haynes
  • Gary Kirk
  • Gary Lubra
  • Gary Moss
  • GearMerchant
  • GearPro
  • Gearshop.com
  • GearX.com / Amazon.com
  • Geofrey Sykes
  • George Stehle
  • Gerard Scholler
  • Get Lost Adventures
  • Gil Pettyjohn
  • Gordon Hawkins
  • Gordon Svedberg
  • Gray Fox USA / Amazon.com
  • Great Outdoors Depot
  • Great Outdoors Depot / Amazon.com
  • Great Trango Holdings
  • Greg Estes
  • Guadalupe Mountain Outfitters
  • H T Pow Limited
  • Hao Pham
  • Heinz Steffen Zeidler
  • Helen Bowers
  • Holly Pender
  • Ian MacNab
  • Ilya Zalivanskiy
  • Imlay Canyon Gear
  • International Military Sales
  • International Mountaineering
  • ISLPOST
  • Jack Hissong
  • Jack Patterson
  • Jacques Grieff
  • Jai Andrews
  • Jaime Bothwell
  • James & Bobbi Hyde
  • James Jusick
  • James Lucchesi
  • James R. Armstrong
  • James Thompson
  • James Wells
  • Jason Brown
  • Jason G Lubra
  • Jay Walker
  • Jayme Trombly
  • Jean Slade
  • Jeanne Biggs
  • Jeannette Montgomery
  • Jeejo Climbing
  • Jeff DeFreest
  • Jeff Laycock
  • Jeff Peterson
  • Jeff Riddle
  • Jeffrey Kuchak
  • Jeffrey Neff
  • Jen Collet
  • Jene Mercer
  • Jennifer Kerrigan
  • Jenny Box
  • Jeremiah Logemann
  • Jerry Beranek
  • Jesse Albanese
  • Jim Brady
  • Jim Chaney
  • Jim Clark
  • Jim Halstead
  • Jim Mousley
  • Joe Menichino
  • Joel Schloesser
  • John Blackmore
  • John Bull Clothing
  • John Charles
  • John Friedman
  • John Greer
  • John Klewicki
  • John MacDonald
  • John Marshall
  • John Pfaff
  • John Sales
  • John Vaartjes
  • John Yost
  • Jon Edelman
  • Jorge Gutic
  • Joseph Healy
  • Joseph MacLeod
  • Josh Babcock
  • Julia Bastone
  • Julia Bloomer
  • Julie E Rasmussen
  • Justin Tease
  • justrescue.com
  • Karl Austin
  • Karl G. Wilcox
  • Karla Green
  • Kastone Corp / Amazon.com
  • Kate Skonieczki
  • Kathleen Merritt
  • Kathy Green
  • Katie Jo Miller
  • Ken Laidlaw
  • Kent Luttrell
  • Kevin Cooper
  • Kevin Liao
  • Kevin Rayner
  • Kieron Kent
  • Kim Graves
  • Koen Viaene
  • Kong USA
  • Konstantin Serafimov
  • Kris Steele
  • Kris Wild
  • Kris Wild/Squamish Search & Rescue
  • KS Rescue / Amazon.com
  • Kurt Stone
  • KWC Industries Inc.
  • L.L. Bean
  • Larry Moore
  • Lawrence Rowles
  • Lee Newman
  • Lee Pyell
  • Len Nicolai
  • Ligonier Mountain Outfitters
  • Lisa Jones
  • LittleLots
  • Logan Garrison
  • Lorenzo Dotti
  • Lowell Burkhead
  • Luke Dunlevy
  • Luke Galyan
  • M. Hallet
  • M. Iturzata
  • Magen Deans
  • Man Kim
  • Mandatory Gear
  • Mariana Oliveira
  • Marina Chugnova
  • Mark Hopkins
  • Marshall Faushold
  • Martin Armitage
  • Martin Keight
  • Marty Karabin
  • Mary Luoto
  • Matthew Collings
  • Maximum Adventure Sports
  • Melody Dawson
  • Melody Madison
  • Metolius Mountain Products
  • Michael Adams
  • Michael Bing
  • Michael Buchan
  • Michael Jakub
  • Michael McGuinn
  • Michael Melfi
  • Michel Brinkman
  • Michiel Lofton
  • Mike Bessette
  • Mike Ford
  • Mike Fritzke
  • Mike Walsh
  • Mike's Pawn
  • Mladen Skeja
  • Mountaineering Outfitters
  • Myra Nicholas
  • Myron Griffin
  • Naked Edge Mountaineering
  • Nathan Lester
  • Neil Edwards
  • Nelson Sports/Juan Lizarraga
  • Nevin Davis
  • Newcastle Ramblers Bushwalking Club/John Sharples
  • Nicholas Renner
  • Nick Oliver
  • Nomad Adventures
  • Northern Mountain Supply
  • On Rope Canyoneering LLC
  • Outdoor Exchange
  • Outdoor Shopping / Amazon.com
  • Outdoor Supply LLC
  • Outdoors Etc.
  • Outfitter's Outlet
  • Over the Ground
  • Paul Brian Scurr
  • Paul Cherubino
  • Paul MacLeman
  • Paul Miller
  • Pete Baars
  • Pete Strickland
  • Peter La Plante
  • Peter Ludwig
  • Peter Todd
  • Phil Lucas
  • Phillip Harris
  • Pinnacle Arborist Supplies
  • Pittsburgh Hytest Shoe
  • proacsafety
  • R. Burdenyuk
  • Rachel Boersma
  • Ralph Morvant
  • Recreational Equipment Inc.
  • Recyclingit Inc
  • Rich Carlson
  • Richard Briggs
  • Richard E. Barb
  • Richard Ziarnowski
  • Rick Banning
  • Rob Beightol
  • Rob Peddie
  • Robert Hollobaugh
  • Robert Jones
  • Robert M. Blake
  • Robert Thompson
  • Ron Erickson
  • Ronald Krieger
  • Ronald Marston
  • ropeandrescue.com
  • Rose Gonos
  • Ross Strother
  • Rostislav Burdenyuk
  • Roxie L Cannon
  • Roy Jameson
  • Roy Schrader
  • Rt 51 Army Surplus
  • S&E Industrial Supply Co. Inc.
  • S. Scott
  • Sam Gardner
  • Sam Smith
  • Sara Trovich
  • Sarah Conner
  • Sarah Oldfield
  • Saw Parts Inc
  • Scott Davis
  • Scott Linn
  • Sean Stewart
  • Shelby D. Short
  • Shoreline Mountain Products
  • Sidney Evans
  • Simon Cox
  • Simon Green
  • Simon Holmes
  • Simon Whiteley
  • SiteLead Inc.
  • SiteLead, Inc.
  • Slade Matthews
  • Speedy-Marquee
  • Speleobooks
  • Speleofest Door Prize
  • Spencer Schweinhart
  • Sporting Goods Unlimited
  • Sportsman's Fast Cash
  • Stanley Sides
  • Stephen Bailey
  • Stephen Koch
  • Sterling Rope Company & Rescue Response Gear
  • Steve Brandlein
  • Steve Chamberlain
  • Steve Hotchkiss
  • Steve Nutting
  • Steve Rogers
  • Steve Sirrs
  • Steve Swanchak
  • Steven Kaufman
  • Steven M. Mattson
  • Steven Messer
  • Steven Ward
  • Susan Faerber
  • Susan Pattison
  • Susan Wooly
  • Suzanne Butler
  • Swaygo Gear
  • Tactical & Rescue Gear
  • Ted Steinke
  • Tejas Mountain Sports
  • Teton Mountaineering
  • Thomas Carlsen
  • Thomas Costello
  • Thomas Cravens
  • Thomas Flansburg
  • Thorsten Huk
  • Tim Nolan
  • Tim Spencer
  • Tino Schneider
  • Tom Mayer
  • Tony Brent
  • Tony Howes
  • Tony Lam
  • TowMeUp.com
  • Trango
  • Travis Luther
  • Travis Piper
  • TRE GmbH
  • Trench 2 Trail Gear Shop
  • Troll USA
  • Troy Kossick
  • Tru-Value Hardware
  • TSA
  • unbeatablesale.com
  • Unique Outfitters / Amazon.com
  • Unknown Hungarian Caver
  • Unknown Russian Caver #2
  • Utility and Industrial Products
  • Vanessa Field
  • Vern Veer Jr.
  • Vertigo Industries
  • Vic Clementi
  • Victor Jowison
  • Victoria Peryea
  • Walt Pirie
  • Wang Wei Jie
  • We Share Obsessions
  • We're Not Scared Safety
  • Westside Pawn LLC
  • Wild Earth
  • Xiang Wu Yang
  • Yaroslav Trubetsky
  • Zach Bullock
  • Zak Ryersbach
  • Zhao Xiaodong
  • Zhong Zheng
  • Zhoudiye