Vintage Backcountry Skiing Binding – 1970s Gertsch with Touring Adapter


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | March 26, 2007      

We recently acquired a vintage 1970s Gertsch binding with touring adapter. Donated to our collection by Tony Thompson of Canada, the Gertsch is primarily an alpine binding, yet by using an ingenious adapter it worked as a touring rig as well. Interestingly, this binding may have been the prime ancestor of the Fritschi models. Read more in our Gertsch Binding museum display.

Complete Gertsch binding with adapter installed shown above. Binding is in tour mode.

Complete Gertsch binding with adapter installed shown above. Binding is in tour mode.


Comments

3 Responses to “Vintage Backcountry Skiing Binding – 1970s Gertsch with Touring Adapter”

  1. Stephen Crofts January 19th, 2010 2:35 pm

    Hi
    Just responding to your request for Gertsch touring adaptor info.I came across a set in my garage the other day,you are welcome to them for your collection.
    Gertsch plates were very popular in Scottish ski resorts in the 70s for the ski hire trade and the adaptor plate gave the binding a ski mountaineering application.There was a ring with a keyed bit that went over the spring tube
    on the front of the binding when you turned it downwards it locked the adaptor in place.(hard to describe)
    I realise it was about 5 years ago that you requested these but thought I woul;d offer anyway.

    Regards

    Steve

  2. Jeff Ruck March 5th, 2012 7:09 am

    I had a binding like this for alpine skiing made by Besser. I do not know if the binding was picked up by them or simply re-branded but I was quite surprised to meet someone with a set of Voile bindings using the same plunger set up, just with the Voile name on it. The parts are identical. My binding was the plastic version.

    In my experience, I had one binding release prematurely on a slope while skiing at speed which resulted in me breaking my hand in the ensuing crash. Fortunately I did not get whacked in the head or get a twisting fracture of my leg since there were two safety straps, one at each end. Upon examining the bindings, I also found the toe piece of the binding that had not released, had broken instead. Not exactly the “safest binding on the market” to quote the salesman at the ski store. I still have some of the parts kicking around the basement. The stainless steel friction plates make pretty good base scrapers!

  3. Ian Howes April 2nd, 2012 8:03 am

    I bought a pair of skis with these bindings on , second hand, from an instructor at Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre, in about 1980. I first used them with my leather winter climbing boots then upgraded to some cheap ski touring boots with Vibram soles.
    They did release and they did give enough control to be able
    to ski with. And I managed to sell them to someone else when I moved onto new skis with a pair of Marker bindings.
    What more do you need!!

Got something to say? Please do so.





Anti-Spam Quiz:

You can subscribe to comment notification by checking the box to left, but you must leave a brief comment to do so, which records your email and requires you to use our anti-spam challange. If you don't like leaving substantive comments that's fine, just leave a simple comment that says something like "thanks, subscribed" with a made-up name. Check the comment subscription checkbox BEFORE you submit.
If you need an emoticon for a comment just copy/paste off the following list, or use text code you might be familiar with.

:D    :-)    :(    :lol:    :x    :P    :oops:    :cry:    :evil:    :twisted:    :roll:    :wink:    :!:    :?:    :idea:    :arrow:   
  
Due to comment spam we moderate most comments. Please do not submit your comment twice -- it will appear shortly after approval. Comments with one or more links in the text may be held in moderation, for spam prevention. If you'd like to publish a photo in a comment, contact us. Guidelines: Be civil, no personal attacks, avoid vulgarity and profanity.

  Your Comments

  • See: If you want to make your own template, here’s how I do it. Get a couple pie...
  • Greg Louie: MIght have been me. I use a sharpened ice pick to mark the pinhole, then pr...
  • Jim Milstein: I think tri-square is better spelled try square. It's used to try squarenes...
  • altis: A woodworking gauge works well too: http://warringtonbears.org.uk/insert...
  • Spencer: I like to use a centering ruler combined with a normal set of calipers. You...
  • atfred: I've used your paper folding method - works great, quite ingenious....
  • Harryanealiv: i just did this drive last week, south to north, in an old Volvo station wa...
  • Dalethemale: Can you take a touring motorcycle through the Irish Canyon? How often do ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: It's just hooked up to an existing system like any other RV or mobile home ...
  • Crazy Horse: Another solution that readily finds the white-out pen on the editor's desk:...
  • Bill B: Hey Lou How does ASC manage the sewage from the tiny houses?...
  • Crazy Horse: I worked on a house in Teton Village three years ago where the construction...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Thanks Crazy, excellent op ed. I'd add that another part of economics has t...
  • Crazy Horse: Lou, like most articles in the liberal press, the one you quote tries to de...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Thom, thanks, just to be clear to our readers, the ski's _bottom steel edge...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Crazy, this 2014 article about Jackson and tiny houses is pretty good, stil...
  • Thom Mackris: Hi Lou, In addition to the extra work on your part, I don't think you'd ...
  • Crazy Horse: The traditional Western approach to getting rid of unwanted predators was t...
  • Andy Carey: The tiny house for the employee reminds me of the numerous timber towns in...
  • cam shute: thanks for the shout out Lou!...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Bruno, I think that's above my pay grade in my level of economics education...
  • L: Any word on last width? Volume?...
  • Bruno Schull: Hi Lou. I have what is probably a silly question. Instead of all those tr...
  • See: Regarding solar panel efficiency: I recently got an Anker 15 watt solar usb...
  • Scott Allen: 100 years old and making snow turns! That was inspiring....it's hot here ...
  • Nate C: I think the Wasatch would lose a lot of its character if there weren't peop...
  • OMR: Good points Lou. I for one do not pull out the drone if I know other skiers...
  • Shane: I had my first "drone experience" last weekend when my wife and I were lazi...
  • Hacksaw: Careful Lou, some S&R teams are getting drones. Know before you shoot....
  • Lou Dawson 2: OMR, sure, I enjoy the amazing creative results of drone photography as muc...

  Recent Posts


Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. While the authors and editors of the information on this website make every effort to present useful information about ski mountaineering, due to human error the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

Switch To Mobile Version