A Historical Association
More Military Gymnastics & Training . . .
And now, the most interesting of this collection of engravings as far as climbing is concerned: military gymnastic exercises from the early 1800s incorporating a very early version of an artificial climbing wall.
Documented prior to 1850 - probably ca. 1820
Here is an enlargement of the (left) climbing wall:
The hand and footholds might be anchored metal loops, or they could be protruding or incut holds of some sort.
Early Acrobats . . .
What makes this interesting is the performer on the left, balancing on two upright bottles. In the 1960s, the great Yosemite climber, Chuck Pratt, would line up a row of empty beer bottles on a flat surface and delicately walk them. Just one more precurser to slacklining!