1818 - 1990

  • 1818 The Grivel family of blacksmiths, started to transform their production of agricultural tools. So the ice axe came into being surrounded by scepticism.
  • 1909 The English engineer Oskar Eckenstein was received with similar scepticism when in, he asked Henry Grivel to manufacture the first modern crampons.
  • 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.
  • 1936 Amato Grivel, Laurent's younger brother, using the Chromolly alloy (Nickel-Chrome-Molybdenum), created a really strong crampon, not as thick and therefore lighter, 360 grams a pair. These crampons, the Super Leggero Grivel, have been used to conquer the 3 highest peaks in the world, the Everest, the K2, and the Kangchenjunga.
  • 1982 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.
  • 1982 Grivel's Super Courmayeur system, with its spare and inter-changeable picks and shovels, established itself as market leader.
  • 1986 Grivel was the first manufacturer to present an ergonomic, curved shaft: the Rambo ice axe was born and numerous examples are still in circulation.
  • 1986 Grivel first Carbon fibre shaft!

freccia 1818 - 1990 1991 - oggi