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Grivel

Grivel, Mont Blanc, world-leading manufacturers of premium winter climbing gear since 1818...

As early as 1818 the Grivel family of blacksmiths sought to transform their manufacture of agricultural tools to satisfy the demands of a new breed of wealthy tourists looking for a new kind of tool with which to explore the mountains.

As the roots of mountaineering slowly grew, so the Grivel ice axe came into being - often met with a degree of scepticism.  A similar incredulity met the English engineer Oscar Eckenstein in 1909 when he asked Henry Grivel to manufacture the first modern alpine crampon.  In 1929, Henry’s son Laurent was behind the creation of the first dual front points.  This innovation allowed climbers to stand face on while negotiating steep ice and snow routes.  This would later prove key to conquering the last unsolved route of the Alps: the North of the Eiger, 21-24th July, 1938.

In a 1936 collaboration with the Cogne steelworks, Amato Grivel, Laurent’s younger brother, developed the first high-strength crampon using Chromoly alloy (Nickel-Chrome-Molybdenum).  This allowed for a thinner, lighter Grivel crampon design. 

This led to the creation of the very first 'lightweight' Grivel crampons. Weighing just 360 grams per pair, these Grivel crampons, the Super Leggero Grivel, have been used to conquer the 3 highest peaks in the world: Everest, K2, and the Kangchenjunga.

In 1982, a new direction was needed to take what had become a rather sleepy, uncompetitive Grivel into the modern era of mountaineering.  New management led by Gioachino Gobbi was convinced that with over a hundred years of tradition, the brand name and company location were a recipe for future success.

With their passion for innovation reignited, in 1996 Grivel released The Machine: the Grivel ice axe that revolutionized the design of technical climbing tools.  The Machine's success was sealed and from now on this was the shape that all manufacturers would draw from.

In 2003, Grivel crampons resolved the problem of snow build up with the very first proactive anti-balling plate.

Now 196 years later, Grivel continues to balance tradition with progress; between forging and aerospace technology, between intuition and R&D.

Grivel Mont-Blanc has achieved all possible certifications: from TUV GS (Sichereit Gepruft) for product quality to ISO 9001-Vision 2000 for their management system and even the ISO 14001 environmental Certification for Environmental Compatibility.

In May 2009 Grivel opened a new production facility in a much bigger space.  This new set up has meant they can widen their range of products while maintaining their avant-garde position in the market.

The new location also sees a switch to solar energy making Grivel's production cleaner and more eco-friendly.  Since 2010 all their energy needs are produced by their own photovoltaic panels, seeing them save an equivalent of 1173 barrels of oil every year.

 
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Grivel Salamander 2.0 Rock Climbing Helmet, One Size Green
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Grivel Salamander 2.0 Rock Climbing Helmet

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Grivel Captive Plume Safety Biner Rock Climbing Carabiner

Grivel 360 Ice Screw Easy Rack Climbing Ice Screw, M, Black
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Grivel 360 Ice Screw Easy Rack Climbing Ice Screw

Grivel Ghost Axe Adze Ultralight Ski Touring Ice Axe, 53cm Pink
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Grivel Ghost Axe Ultralight Ski Touring Ice Axe

Grivel Screw Carrier Ice Screw Protectors, One Size, Yellow
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Grivel Screw Carrier Ice Screw Protectors

Grivel Trail 2 Knee System Folding Trekking Poles, 132cm Black/Yellow
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Grivel Trail 2 Knee System Folding Trekking Poles

Grivel Crampon Bag Crampon Storage Bag, Black
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Grivel Crampon Bag Crampon Storage Bag

Grivel Air Tech Evolution Mountaineering Ice Axe 58cm Yellow Adze
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Grivel Air Tech Evolution Mountaineering Ice Axe

Grivel Tech Machine Technical Climbing Ice Axe 49cm Yellow/Black
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Grivel Tech Machine Technical Climbing Ice Axe

Grivel Jorasses 2.0 Mountaineering Ice Axe, 48cm White Adze
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Grivel Jorasses 2.0 Mountaineering Ice Axe

Grivel G10 New Classic Mountaineering Crampon UK 2-12 Yellow
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Grivel G10 New Classic Mountaineering Crampon

Grivel Easy Slider 2.0 Ice Axe Hand Rest and Leash, One Size
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Grivel Easy Slider 2.0 Ice Axe Hand Rest and Leash

Grivel G22 Cramp-O-Matic Mountaineering Crampon UK 5.5-14.5 Yellow
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Grivel G22 Cramp-O-Matic Mountaineering Crampon

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Grivel Helix Mountaineering Ice Axe & Leash 53cm Yellow Adze
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Grivel Helix Mountaineering Ice Axe & Leash

Grivel Ski Tour NewMatic 2.0 Ski Mountaineering Crampon UK 2-12 Yellow
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Grivel Ski Tour NewMatic 2.0 Ski Mountaineering Crampon

Grivel Air Tech Racing S.A. Adze Ski Touring Ice Axe 58cm Silver/Black
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Grivel Air Tech Racing S.A. Ski Touring Ice Axe

Grivel Air Tech New Matic Mountaineering Crampon UK 2.5-12.5 Yellow
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Grivel Air Tech New Matic Mountaineering Crampon

Grivel Gear Safe Climbing Equipment Storage Bag, One Size, Black
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Grivel Gear Safe Climbing Equipment Storage Bag

Grivel Double Barrel Waist Pack Running Hip Pack & Bottle Holder
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Grivel Double Barrel Waist Pack Running Hip Pack & Bottle Holder

Grivel Ghost Axe Ultralight Ski Touring Ice Axe, 48cm Grey Adze
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Grivel Ghost Axe Ultralight Ski Touring Ice Axe

Grivel Munro SA Adze Mountaineering Ice Axe + Leash, 53cm Grey
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Grivel Munro SA Mountaineering Ice Axe + Leash

Grivel G14 Cramp-O-Matic Mountaineering Crampon UK 3.5-13.5 Yellow
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Grivel G14 Cramp-O-Matic Mountaineering Crampon

Grivel Black Hole Set Ice Screw Protectors, One Size, Yellow
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Grivel G1 Plus Ice Axe + Spring Leash Mountaineering Ice Tool, 74cm
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Grivel G1 Plus Ice Axe + Spring Leash Mountaineering Ice Tool

Grivel Zen 35 Backpack Moutaineering Rucksack, 35L Black
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Grivel Zen 35 Backpack Moutaineering Rucksack

Grivel Trail Vario Folding Adjustable Trekking Pole, 112-130cm Copper
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Grivel Trail Vario Folding Adjustable Trekking Pole

Grivel North Machine Mountaineering Ice Axe W/ Adze, 50cm Yellow
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Grivel North Machine Mountaineering Ice Axe

Grivel Axe Guard Ice Axe Rubber Protection, Yellow
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Grivel Axe Guard Ice Axe Rubber Protection

Grivel Sym Twin Gate Rock Climbing Safety Carabiner, Purple
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Grivel Sym Twin Gate Rock Climbing Safety Carabiner

Grivel Simple Double Spring Ice Axe Leash, One Size, Black/Yellow
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Grivel Simple Double Spring Ice Axe Leash

Grivel 360 Ice Screw Easy Rack Climbing Ice Screw, L, Yellow
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Grivel 360 Ice Screw Easy Rack Climbing Ice Screw

Grivel LightMachine & Easy Slider Mountaineering Ice Axe 50cm Shovel
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Grivel LightMachine & Easy Slider Mountaineering Ice Axe

Grivel Espresso Ice Screw Carrier and Protector, Black/Yellow
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Grivel Helix Ice Screw Ice Climbing Anchor, S Red
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Grivel Helix Ice Screw Ice Climbing Anchor

Grivel Help Biner With Spring Gate Rock Climbing Carabiner, Black/Gold
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Grivel Help Biner with Spring Gate Rock Climbing Carabiner

Grivel Rubber Point Protection Ice Axe Spike Protectors, One Size, Red
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Grivel Salamander 2.0 Rock Climbing Helmet One Size Black
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Grivel Salamander 2.0 Rock Climbing Helmet

Grivel G22 New Matic Mountaineering Crampon, UK 5.5-14.5 Yellow
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Grivel G22 New Matic Mountaineering Crampon

Grivel Helix Ice Screw Ice Climbing Anchor, M Black
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Grivel Helix Ice Screw Ice Climbing Anchor

Grivel Alpha Captive Rock Climbing Quickdraw, 13cm Black/Gold
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