Grivel

"From the Courmayeur smith the Grivel factory begun, at the foot of Mont Blanc where "alpinism" was born. It was 1818 when the first alpine daring bought the first sticks with the metal tip and the nails to be fixed to the soles of the shoes not to slip and not to consume them on the rocks. The smith’s name was Cassiano Grivel and his son Dominique start to forge the first ice axes, a mix of the mountain stick and the little axe used to cut the steps in the ice."