Fearing that his game-changing idea would be ripped off, he swore his climbing partners to silence.
And the name that his camming devices ultimately would take was born from Jardine’s secrecy.
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The first advertisement for Friends appeared in Mountain magazine in 1978.
It called the devices “the revolution in climbing protection: vertical, horizontal, parallel-sided or even flared cracks—Friends work better and faster than any other device.”7 Not everyone embraced the revolution.
In 1972, Lowe introduced the Cam Nut, a spring-loaded device with a single lobe and a single stem.
In Lowe’s 1973 patent, he clearly articulated the idea of creating a curved device to create a constant camming angle.