Bell Toptex helmets provided state-of-the-art head protection for rock climbers in the late 1960s. William Forrest wore this one when he made the first success ascent of Black Canyon’s Painted Wall with Kris Walker in May, 1972. Even today, climbing the Painted Wall is an exceptionally rare feat.


  • Title: Helmet
  • Creator: Bell Toptex
  • Contributor: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Park Website: Park Website
  • National Park Service Catalog Number: BLCA 1842
  • Measurements: L 72.74, W 50.8, H 40.64 cm
  • Material: Plastic, metal, canvas strap
  • Date: ca.1970

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