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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 Adult Unisex Apollo Rock Climbing Harness, 80-110cm Blk/Yellow
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Grivel Apollo Rock Climbing Harness

Grivel Alpha Captive Rock Climbing Quickdraw, 13cm Black/Gold
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Grivel LightMachine & Easy Slider Mountaineering Ice Axe 50cm Shovel
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Grivel LightMachine & Easy Slider Mountaineering Ice Axe

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Grivel Thor Hammer With Leash
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Grivel Thor Hammer With 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

Grivel Alpine Ring Dyneema Sling, 180cm Blue
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Grivel Alpine Ring Dyneema Sling

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Grivel Adult Unisex Stealth Hardshell Rock / Ice Climbing Helmet, 53-61cm Green
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Grivel Stealth Hardshell Rock / Ice Climbing Helmet

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Grivel Helix Ice Screw Ice Climbing Anchor, L Yellow
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Grivel Helix Ice Screw Ice Climbing Anchor

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Grivel Jorasses 2.0 Adze Mountaineering Ice Axe, 53cm Black
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Grivel Jorasses 2.0 Mountaineering Ice Axe

Grivel Adult Unisex Poseidon Climbing Harness, 80-106cm Black/Yellow
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Grivel Poseidon Climbing Harness

Grivel Espresso Ice Screw Carrier and Protector Black/Yellow
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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 Master Pro & Clepsydra Kit Climbing Belay + Carabiner, Burgundy
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Grivel Master Pro & Clepsydra Kit Climbing Belay + Carabiner

Grivel Ghost Axe Evo Adze Ultralight Ice Axe, 50cm Yellow
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Grivel Ghost Axe Evo Ultralight Ice Axe

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

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

Grivel G14 New Matic Mountaineering Crampon UK 3.5-13.5 Yellow
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Grivel G14 New Matic Mountaineering Crampon

Grivel Air Tech Racing S.A. Adze Ski Touring Ice Axe 66cm
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Grivel Air Tech Racing S.A. Ski Touring Ice Axe

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

Grivel Ares Climbing Harness 64-84cm Black/Yellow
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Grivel Ares Climbing Harness

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Grivel Rocker 45 Rucksack Rock & Ice Climbing Gear Bag

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

Grivel Black Hole Set Ice Screw Protector Caps, Yellow
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Grivel LightMachine & Easy Slider Hammer, 50cm Yellow/Black
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Grivel LightMachine & Easy Slider Mountaineering Ice Axe

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Grivel Master Pro Belayer Rock Climbing Belay Device, Burgundy
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Grivel Master Pro Belayer Rock Climbing Belay Device

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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 Pan Pipe Ice Screw Organiser, One Size, Black/Yellow
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Grivel Pan Pipe Ice Screw Organiser

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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

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

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

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Grivel Flame Ice Axe Adze Ultralight Carbon Fibre Ice Tool, 49cm
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Grivel Flame Ice Axe Ultralight Carbon Fibre Ice Tool

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

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Grivel Master Belayer Rock Climbing Belay Device, Burgundy
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Grivel Master Belayer Rock Climbing Belay Device

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Grivel Master Belayer & Omega Kit Rock Climbing Belay + Carabiner, OS
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Grivel Master Belayer & Omega Kit Rock Climbing Belay + Carabiner

Grivel Ghost Axe Evo Hammer Ultralight Ice Axe, 45cm
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Grivel Ghost Axe Evo Ultralight Ice Axe

Grivel Adult Unisex Apollo Rock Climbing Harness, 67-87cm Black/Yellow
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Grivel Apollo Rock Climbing Harness

Grivel Double Spring 2.0 Ice Axe Leash One Size Black/Yellow
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Grivel Double Spring 2.0 Ice Axe Leash

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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 Salamander 2.0 Rock Climbing Helmet One Size White
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Grivel Salamander 2.0 Rock Climbing Helmet

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Grivel Haute Route Ski Touring Crampon, UK 2-12 Yellow
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Grivel Haute Route Ski Touring Crampon

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