Grivel are the oldest manufacturer of alpinism tools in the world, which undoubtedly makes them the wisest. Based in Courmayeur, Italy, at the foot of the Mont-Blanc and the heart of the Alps, Grivel, in their 200 year long life, produced the first crampon in modern history 1909, came up with the idea to use two front points in 1929, were the first to use plastic crampon straps, designed the first anti-balling plates, and also used the first carbon fibre shafts for their ice axes. Grivel have now also committed to reducing their carbon footprint, getting all of their energy from solar panels that sit right above their heads. Truly the industry leader in carabiners, ice axes, crampons, and any other equipment for mountaineering and rock climbing.