Stock No. 74-C-229-20. From QM Sec. 1 [August 1943], p.29: "Climbers, ski, mountain, are strips of Mohair fabric worn on the bottom of skis to prevent back sliding, when climbing steep snow slopes. The climbers are held to the skis by non-freezing, bucklet [sic] straps, which can be removed while wearing gloves. Both the white and the brown models may be issued at the present time, but the brown has been superseded by the white." This is a pair of white mohair ski climbers. The mohair lies with the end pointing toward the end of the skis. When the ski is slipped forward the mohair lies flat. If the ski slides backward, the mohair is rubbed the wrong way and keeps the ski from slipping.
These climbing skins were donated by Leonard "Larry" M. Marks. Larry was born 5 September 1920 in Brooklyn, NY, to Esther and Abraham Marks. He attended New York University before joining the Army during World War II. He briefly trained with the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, serving in the medical company of the 86th Mountain Infantry Regiment, before moving into statistical analysis as a Tech Sergeant. He finished his tenure with the Army as part of the occupying troops in Japan. He was a longtime volunteer with the National Ski Patrol and an avid outdoorsman. He passed away on the West Coast on 23 April 2014.
SIZE 7' 6" / STOCK NO. 74-C-229-20 / HOOD RUBBER COMPANY / WATERTOWN, MASS. / U.S. / [handwritten:] Bottom / [handwritten:] L. MARKS