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GRIVEL is an industry leading manufacturer of mountaineering equipment from Italy. Since 1818, GRIVEL continues to innovate with product design and performance with their cutting-edge ice axes, crampons, and sport climbing gear and accessories. Situated at the foot of Mount Blanc in Courmayeur, in the Aisat valley, GRIVEL designs, produces, and tests their gear through the using solar energy at their factory. GRIVEL uses their 75,300 square foot roof atop their factory to capture the energy of the sun to make the world's most reliable mountaineering gear saving over 1,000 barrels of oil a year. This equates to GRIVEL saving the planet's air from 1,500 lbs. of CO2 gases - the equivalent of a car traveling 3,000 miles -every day. GRIVEL has chosen solar energy to avoid burning non-renewable energy sources, to help save the environment, to leave their children with a better world, as well as to lower the cost of energy and remain competitive in the global markets . Grivel hopes to serve as an example to other manufacturers, to provide the world with products that respect the environment. Because respecting the environment should be the number one priority for outdoor industry members. GRIVEL equipment is made in Italy and by the sun.