We have come a long way where sunblock is concerned. That is a white pasty type grease they have on their faces. However, it wasn't always white. I have photos of earlier climbs where the "grease" is black.
Here is another good example of jodhoppers, which were used by a lot of climbers and hikers in that era.
You can see here a good example of the climbers being roped in. A group would be roped in with their guides, so you would have a number of strings of climbers going up. I have an arm band (green) that my aunt was given to wear when she was a guide one year, that does state on it that it was for the Legion Climb.
Too bad the circumstances came to be that it had to be given up. How some people can ruin such a good week end for those actually committed to the mountain and a good time.
charlott on 24th July 2012 @ 7:24am
Zinc oxide? I remember as a kid using that as a sun block.
db on 24th July 2012 @ 9:14am
After looking at a large number of these photos, it seems like the black grease gave way to the white around 1940. At least I am assuming they are black and white.
Arthur on 24th July 2012 @ 10:35am
Zinc oxide is what it was, thanks db for remembering...
charlott on 25th July 2012 @ 5:24am