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 TOWARDS 200 YEARS

In 1818 the Grivel family of blacksmiths started to transform their production of agricultural tools to satisfy the rather peculiar demands of a new breed of wealthy tourists who, for unfathomable reasons, wanted to climb the mountains! So the Grivel ice axe came into being surrounded by skepticism. The English engineer Oscar Eckenstein was received with similar skepticism when in 1909 he asked Henry Grivel to manufacture the first modern Grivel crampons. In 1929, Henry’s son Laurent made the brilliant invention of the two front points, allowing climbers to stand face on whilst attacking the steep ice and snow gradients. This innovation was the key to the conquest of the last unsolved route of the Alps: the North of the Eiger, 21-24th July, 1938.

In 1936, in collaboration for the first time with the Cogne steelworks, Amato Grivel, Laurent’s younger brother, using the Chromolly alloy (Nickel-Chrome-Molybdenum), created a really strong Grivel crampon, thinner and therefore lighter. They forged Grivel crampons weighing 360 grams a pair, up until then impossible. These Grivel crampons, the Super Leggero Grivel, have been used to conquer the 3 highest peaks in the world, the Everest, the K2, and the Kangchenjunga.

In 1982 new blood took over a rather sleepy, uncompetitive Grivel that had allowed itself to be overtaken by rival companies. New management led by Gioachino Gobbi was convinced that over a hundred years of tradition, the brand name and the company’s location were a recipe for future success.

1996 = The Machine: the Grivel ice axe that revolutionized the design of technical tools. From now on this was the shape that all manufacturers would use.

In 2003 Grivel crampons resolve the problem of snow build up under crampons with the first pro-active anti-balling plate.

Today 196 years later, Grivel, still basically one large family, continues in its balancing act between tradition and 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 our management system and even the ISO 14001 environmental Certification for Environmental Compatibility.

In May 2009 the company opened a new production unit in a much bigger space where it is easier to manage the different lines of production. This will help our flexibility in the face of the new demands that come in daily from around the world. This new set up means that we can widen our range of products and maintain our avant-garde position in the marketplace.

The new location has allowed us to change to solar energy making our production cleaner and more eco-friendly. Since 2010 all the energy needs are produced by our photovoltaic panels.
Every year they save 1,173 barrels of oil!

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Grivel Gear Safe - Ice Screw Storage

Protect your fabric gear from your ice screws with the Gear Safe - Ice Screw Storage.

Grivel Light Machine Tool

The Light Machine Tool is for technical mountaineering and alpine climbing, quickly making the transition from gully ice to postholing on the way to the summit.

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Grivel G10 Crampons

Grivel G10 Crampons

The G10 Crampons is a universal classic crampon for general mountaineering.

Grivel G20 Crampons Cramp-O-Matic

G20 Crampons Cramp-O-Matic are super lightweight and increase climbing efficiency.

Grivel Air Tech Racing SA Ice Axe

The Air Tech Racing SA Ice Axe is the lightest possible ice axe with strength and durability.

Grivel Plume Twin Gate

The Plume Twin Gate carabiner offers light weight and added safety in a D shape carabiner. Ideal for clipping protection or into anchors.

Grivel 360 Ice Screw

Place the 360 Ice Screw where and when you want to, not just where and when you are able to.

Grivel North Machine Ice Tool

The North Machine Ice Tool has a composite shaft for great strength and rigidity.

Grivel G14 Crampons

The G14 Crampons combine technical profile with a low profile and collapsible frame.

Grivel Machine 3.0 Ice Tool

The Machine 3.0 Ice Tool is durable and strong for mountain use.

Grivel G1 + SA Axe with Leash

If you are climbing to the hightest peak, take along this G1 + SA Axe with Leash to assist you.

Grivel Double Spring Leash System

The Double Spring Leash System is a hands free system that makes it impossible to lose your ice axe.

Grivel G12 Crampon

G12 Crampon provide increased security when descending and are easy to adjust.

Grivel X Monster with Shovel

The X Monster with Shovel works well for all grades of ice and all skill levels from beginner to the advanced ice climber.

Grivel Machine - Ice Blade

Use genuine a Machine - Ice Blade to replace the blade on your Grivel Machine.

Grivel Nepal SA Ice Axe with Leash

The Nepal SA Ice Axe with Leash is a non-technical axe with a carbon steel blade.

Grivel G1 Ice Axe

The G1 Ice Axe has a hot forged head from one solid piece of carbon steel providing the highest quality, strength and durability from a mountain axe.

Grivel Helix Ice Screws

Easy is the best word to describe Helix Ice Screws.

Grivel Tech Machine Ice Tool with Adze

The Tech Machine Ice Tool with Adze will handle any terrain with all around performance.

Grivel Machine - Mix Blade

The Machine - Mix Blade is a replacement blade for your Grivel Machine.

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Grivel G14 Set Alu Spacers and Bolts

Grivel G14 Set Alu Spacers and Bolts

Use G14 Set Alu Spacers and Bolts to repair your crampons in stead of replacing them.

Grivel NORTH MACHINE W/ICE BLADE

The North Machine w/Ice Blade has a composite shaft for great strength and rigidity.

Grivel Tech Machine Ice Tool with Hammer

The Tech Machine Ice Tool with Adze will handle any terrain with all around performance.

Grivel X Monster

The X Monster works well for all grades of ice and all skill levels from beginner to the advanced ice climber.

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