Grivel Mountaineering Equipment

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Grivel has produced mountaineering and ice climbing equipment since 1818. Grivel mountaineering and ice climbing gear are considered by many to be he world's best. They are the world leader in the production of crampons and among the leaders of ice axe producers also.  
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Grivel Mountaineering and Ice Climbing Gear is available online and at the following Sport Chalet Stores:
Bakersfield, La Canada, Oxnard, Pleasanton, Redlands, Roseville, Valencia, Visalia, Summerlin (NV), West Jordan (UT)
Introduction:
Since 1818
Grivel S.r.l. has produced alpinism equipment since 1818. So it is now 190 years old. The headquarters are in Courmayeur, at the foot of the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc. The company is considered to be one of the world's best brand names in mountaineering equipment. It is the world leader in the production of crampons and among the leaders of ice axe producers too.
Technologies:
Hot Drop Forging
It is important to remember that some technologies are unbeatable for obtaining the best possible mechanical characteristics: hot forging is emblematic in this case.
The fibres in steel are internally aligned in a casual sequence, these can be re-aligned which ever direction we want when the steel is heated to a certain temperature and then 'ironed out' by beating it and forcing it into the desired alignment. This operation, followed up by heat treatment (what was once known as 'tempering' that fixed permanently the internal structure), is precisely known as 'hot forging'. It is how the best characteristics and the desired form are obtained from steel. No other process has ever, and ever will, better this one: quiz a specialist in metallurgy and he'll confirm it.

 
Grivel Solar Energy
Grivel is happy and proud to help the planet through the use of solar energy.
The photovoltaic technology converts solar radiation into direct current electricity, through the photovoltaic effect. It is based on the properties of some semiconductors, such as silicon, which generate electricity when hit by solar radiation.

 
Product Info:
Store Availability
The Grivel Mountaineering and Ice Climbing Gear is available at the following Sport Chalet stores:
  • La Canada
  • Valencia
  • Oxnard
  • Summerlin
  • Redlands
  • Roseville
  • Pleasanton
  • Visalia
  • Bakersfield
  • Utah
What The Experts Say:
"Designed and built in Europe"
Grivel products offers the beginner and advanced climber the best quality and fully certified climbing equipment for ice and snow. Each item is designed to fit right and allows you to move more freely on the mountain, while protecting your hands, feet, and head."
Chis Burston  Sport Chalet Outdoor Gear Expert
Grivel always keeps a close eye on new developments:
Grivel were the first in the world to use steel alloys containing Ni-Cro-Mo for crampons and ice axes in 1939. The first pair of the legendary 2F crampons were produced in 1984 using Laser technology (other manufacturers have now discovered it) ideal for producing limited series and keeping costs down on small scale production. They were among the first to use carbon fibre for ice axe shafts (at one stage abandoned by everybody and every now and then re-discovered by the odd manufacturer). Grivel's first curved shaft presented in 1986 was made in carbon fibre. Lavorazione Condor Lavorazione Antibott.

In 2004 Grivel presented the first ever 'wooden' shaft to obtain CE certification overcoming the extremely strict norms regulating its power of resistance: the 'carbonwood'. This was feasible by reinforcing the wood with internal layers of carbon fibre creating a shaft that is fairly lightweight, extremely resistant, insulated electrically and thermally that can withstand impacts as the wood acts as a protection to the carbon fibre and is extremely pleasant to hold as it gives an overall impression as being made out of wood. It is a good example that there are no universal solutions but that each specific problem can be resolved by adopting specific technologies.
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