Around 1970, 1971, I lived in Ventura, Ca., and surfed the point every evening. Afterwards I would wonder over to Chouinard's "Pacific Iron Works" to watch them create their climbing gear and listen to their stories. I would be put to work on simple tasks, nothing serious, and mostly I think to keep me busy. I wasn't even eighteen at the time, and everyone was great. Eventually, I tried my hand at climbing, but soon discovered it was not for me. I did move further north and became an avid hiker and still am at the age of 68. Thanks for the memories, the inspiration and for looking out for "the kid."
Great Pacific Iron Works 1976 Catalog