Gerry has been synonymous with American outdoor excellence, having produced high-performance and high-quality outdoor apparel and equipment since 1946. Gerry was started in the mountains of Colorado and the brands innovative products paved the way for the active performance fashions on the streets and the slopes today.
Gerry was founded by Gerry Cunningham, an avid skier and outdoorsman, with an innate passion. He was serving in WWII and immediately became aware of the need for sophisticated backpacking equipment. He long had a penchant for designing and building better hiking and climbing gear. He started inventing things out of his own necessity and as a solution to peoples outdoor needs. Gerry's rich history put the brand on the map as one of the true original outdoor brands.
The passion and drive of Gerry Cunningham's legacy will progress the brand into the future. Gerry will continue to provide cutting edge style and elite quality, while staying true to the brands heritage as an outdoor innovator and leader.
Gerry 1947 catalog
(Piton Supplement January 1947)
Gerry Horizontal Blade
- c. 1947
Gerry Wafer piton - Many of the early Wafer pitons were created with teardrop shape rings - c.1947 - Donated by Roy Tore Fallaas through Steve Grossman
These three pitons were in a auction with many 1940s Gerry pitons. No markings are on the pitons. The piton ends are pointed where most Gerry Wafer pitons have a flat tip blade. Pitons are possibly Gerry or 1930s Sporthaus Schuster.
Gerry Wafer piton with rounded tip
Unmarked Wafer ring pitons. Possibly Gerry or US Army
Gerry Angle piton
- Showing two different Angle pitons. One has a square hammer end and a large ring. The other Angle has a angled hammer end and a small ring. - The 1947 Gerry catalog lists this Angle piton in two sizes. - The 1960 Gerry catalog lists the ring Angle piton as U.S. Army Issue.
- Chouinard collection - What caught my eye with this piton is the Gerry manufacturer mark showing the full logo. I have never seen this before where Gerry products were usually marked with a single capital "G." - c. 1940s/1950s
- piton eye together or apart - c.1960 (late 1950's ?)
Gerry advertisement in Summit magazine June 1961.
""Showing"" Gerry Support piton Gerry Knife Blade CM1 Angle CM3 Angle (I wonder if there ever was a CM2 Angle?) (The Gerry Support piton was made in a two hole version as well).
The Gerry 1963 catalog The CM3 Angle piton is still listed
But the CM1 Angle is discontinued The Knife Blade is discontinued The Support piton is discontinued
Gerry 1963 catalog
Gerry 1964 catalog
Gerry channel piton c.1950s - In American Alpine Club Museum
After a few hours my friend Rich and I were able to remove the three bong pitons, and replace the second pitch belay station of 5.6 ZIN, in Queen Creek Canyon AZ. We used the "car jack and a three foot long crowbar method" ..... and we lived!!!! But once the pitons were out I was confused on the manufacturer since two of the three were not Chouinard or LONGware. Many years past then I was told that the bongs were made by Jerry Gallwas. But that was not correct. Thinner steel overall, and on the open side: the hammer end is a sharp 90 degree in shape, the front end is rounded.
After further research the bong pitons are made by Gerry in 1961. Gerry CM3 Angle Cowbell pitons. I apologize for the Gallwas misspelling on the display info tag. However the info on the info tag is incorrect.
Gerry CM3 Angle cowbell pitons - In the American Alpine Club Museum