In the 1970’s, climbing became increasingly popular in North America. 

As the years went by, the demand for climbing equipment increased as people began to learn to be more self-sufficient in the face of the climber’s lack of gear. 

It was a time when many people didn’t feel the need to own any climbing equipment, but this wasn’t the case in the early 1970s. 

In fact, climbing gear was becoming more common in North American homes. 

That meant that many people who would normally be climbing outdoors were becoming more comfortable on their own. 

They were also becoming more confident with their own equipment. 

The fact that many of these climbers were also self-employed also made climbing equipment more accessible to them. 

This led to more climbers who were able to purchase climbing equipment from their own shops, and this led to an increase in the number of climbers who bought climbing equipment for themselves. 

To help ease the growing number of people buying climbing equipment as well as those buying it for themselves, the National Climbing Club (NCC) began providing climbing equipment rental to its members in 1973. 

These rental programs allowed people to rent climbing equipment without spending a fortune. 

At the time, the NCC was the largest outdoor climbing club in North Carolina. 

Over the next decade, climbers were increasingly purchasing climbing equipment.

It became a popular trend in the 1970 to early 1980s.

Today, the number and popularity of climbers purchasing climbing gear is almost exclusively determined by the number, popularity and popularity levels of climbers. 

During the 1980s, the climbing market was also a hot commodity. 

Due to the growth in popularity of climbing equipment and the growing demand for it, many climbers were looking for ways to improve their equipment, such as upgrading their rope, harness, ropes and belay devices. 

When this happened, climbers started to purchase their own gear. 

 The most popular equipment for climbers was the Fork and Lock (F&L). 

F&LL was the first climbing harness that was designed to hold multiple ropes. 

While it was relatively simple, the F&L was a popular and successful product for many climbers, as it allowed them to easily attach and remove ropes and harnesses. 

F &Ls were also popular among the climbing community due to their versatility and ease of use. 

Another popular product was the  Bolt-Up Climbing Belt. 

Belt straps were popular among climbers because of their versatility. 

Some climbers were particularly comfortable in their harnesses with only one rope and/or harness. 

However, the use of two rope types or harnesses was more common and became the norm for climbers in the 1980’s. 

For many climbers and their families, this became a big expense and a significant expense for a climbing season. 

After a long period of time, it became very difficult for many climbing families to keep their equipment on the market. 

Because of this, many climbing clubs, companies, and individuals began to eliminate F&LL from their inventory. 

Many climbing companies started to sell Fell-On Climb (FLC) trunked climbing equipment in the 1980 and 1990’s. 

  Although the popularity of FLC equipment and climbing harnesses declined over time, the popularity of Fella trail and Trail hike touring equipment continued to increase. 

Trailers were popular, but so were other forms of gear that was more difficult to find and often very expensive. 

With the popularity and increase in popularity for FLC gear, it was very hard for climbers to find a reliable way to buy their gear.

 For a number of years, many of the companies that operated climbing gear didn’t even stock climbing equipment themselves.

 Some companies did have the ability to stock climbing gear, but it was difficult to do so due to the fact that they were required to pay for all supply, labor and equipment rentals. 

A few companies also didn´t carry climbing equipment at all, even if they did carry equipment, they weren´t able to offer the climbing equipment to their members. 

Eventually, many major climbing equipment manufacturers decided to begin offering climbing equipment through their own retailers. 

Most of these companies were Dryden and  Hoffman who offered climbing equipment in their Climb Club stores. 

There were several major companies that only provided equipment to their members, but these companies were not responsible for the inventory.

In fact they were responsible for a lot of the inventory, as some of these companies also provided equipment to members. 

One such company was Barry Allen (Hoffmans