Grivel Awarded 2016 Compasso d'Oro

Climbing equipment manufacturer Grivel Mont Blanc was recently awarded the 2016 Compass d'Oro for innovative and quality industrial design. The honor is only given out once every three years, and is known as one of the most prestigious international design awards. 

Grivel received the award for its innovative twin gate carabiner. The twin gate series of carabiners takes climbing safety to a whole new level, making it almost impossible for the carabiner to accidentally come unclipped. 

Upon receiving the award, Gioachino Gobbi, the inventor and designer of the Twin Gate said In 2018 Grivel will be 200 years old, therefore I’m very proud to receive this prize which is not only a clear recognition of the great engagement of the entire company today but an homage to the previous generations who, while working in much harder and discomfortable situations have been able to invent those pieces of equipment that allowed numerous “giants” such as Valter Bonatti…Riccardo Cassin…Toni Gobbi…to reach and conquer the highest summits of the world

To learn more about Grivel Twin Gate Carabiners, check out the video below or visit this blog post on the Liberty Mountain climbing blog.


Gear Review: Ion Micro Stove

The gear experts at Camping Stove Cookout recently included the Olicamp Ion Micro Titanium stove in their list of "Best Backpacking Stoves." The Ion Micro is currently the lightest and most compact canister stove available, and is perfect for Ultralight obsessed backpackers looking to cut ounces wherever possible.

In their review, CSC says "This stove tucks away and goes almost unnoticed while backpacking, then performs with the best when put to task boiling water or cooking a meal."

Later on they add "If you want to keep your backpack as light as possible and still have a great little stove as a companion, you may have found it here with the Olicamp Ion micro stove."

Learn more and see other Olicamp offerings here


Liberty Mountain Hosts Cypher Cornament

Liberty Mountain was excited to work along with the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance and other local outdoor companies for the SLCA Fundraising event on June 9, 2016. The SLCA organizes the annual event in order to fulfill its mission of "providing a unified voice for climbers in the Wasatch and surrounding regions through advocacy, stewardship, community, and education". All funds raised at the event go towards preserving Wasatch front climbing areas through trail improvement projects, bolt replacement, and graffiti removal. The event last week allowed local climbers to join together and raise money for this important organization, all while having a pretty good time.

Liberty Mountain participated in the fundraiser by hosting a corn hole tournament at the Cypher climbing tent. The game was played much like a traditional game of corn hole, the twist being that players were throwing Cypher chalk bags rather than bean bags. The tournament was open to anyone in attendance, and participants were selected based on their score from tossing four bags at the corn hole board. Eight players made the final tournament bracket and competed for some awesome prizes including a pair of Cypher shoes, a 6-pack of Vesta Sport quickdraws, and a half rack of Ceres II carabiners. Prizes were also awarded to some of the most fun and enthusiastic players who stopped by the tent. 

Cypher and Liberty Mountain were happy to support the event, as they know that preserving and protecting climbing areas now will ensure that they can be enjoyed by young climbers for years to come. For more information on how you can support the SLCA, visit their site, or check out their Facebook page. 


Employee Spotlight: Christian Weaver

Meet Christian Weaver, a business analyst at Liberty Mountain.

My road to Liberty Mountain started with a family that loved the outdoors. I grew up in Southern Utah with a father who was into canyoneering before it was even a thing. Back then, my father simply called it ‘hiking’. It was not uncommon for him to try descending a random ‘depression’ that he found on a topographical map of Southern Utah. I accompanied my father on several of his explorations of random slot canyons.

My family also had a tradition where at eight years of age we got to go on an overnight hike with our father. The first overnight backpacking trip I went on was the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park. I have continued that tradition with my oldest two boys and taken them both down the same trail for their first overnight trip.

It wasn’t until High School that I got into climbing. I really did not know anyone who climbed, so my friends and I would often go to the local outdoor store, ask a lot of questions and then buy the gear that we thought we needed. This may have not been the best approach. I recall climbing my first lead on a route with 18 bolts and using just 4 quick draws. Without any climbing mentors, my learning curve was obviously steep. In some ways I think I was very fortunate to make it into my 20’s.

Since graduating school, I have returned to Utah where I continue to climb and camp with my family, and drag my awesome (and very brave) friends down a slot canyon or two. My love of outdoor adventures is what drew me to and keeps me at Liberty Mountain.

Name: Christian Weaver

Years working for Liberty Mountain: Almost 4 

Job title: Business Analysis  

What you do at Liberty Mountain: I provide operational analysis and reporting

Activities/hobbies: Climbing (Sport, Trad, Bouldering), Backpacking, Soccer, Softball and Watching the Bachelorette

Favorite activity: Canyoneering

Favorite outdoor areas: Utah sucks, don’t come here! Especially do not visit Zion National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument or City of Rocks (Idaho)

Most interesting place ever lived: St. George, Utah

Least interesting place ever lived: Las Vegas, Nevada

Top-five favorite movies: Snatch, Fight Club, Exit through the Gift Shop, Green Street Hooligans, Goonies

Top-five favorite books: Freakonomics, The Baseball Codes, The World Is Flat, Soccernomics, The Rock Climber’s Training Manual

Top-five favorite bands: Pearl Jam, Tom Petty & the Heart Breakers, Unwritten Law, Deftones, Perfect Circle… “Van Halen, not Van Hagar”

Inspirational Hero: My Father

Inspirational quote: “Thoughts arrive like butterflies. Oh he don't know. So he chases them away.”   -Eddie V.

Dream vacation: Kauai, Hawaii with my hot wife!

Cake or pie: Brownies

Gear Review: Olicamp Kinetic Stove

The camp stove experts at Camping Stove Cookout recently published a review of the Olicamp Kinetic Ultra Titanium Stove, an ultra-lightweight canister style backpacking stove. The stove weighs in at only 1.7oz thanks to its titanium build, and can boil water in 3 1/2 minutes.

The reviewer states "It’s the dimensions and construction that is a huge selling point for most. Being incredibly light and made from titanium, it’s not going to rust and the construction is very strong. This is always a huge plus for me, I need that peace of mind that I can set up camp and not be let down."

He continues "The customer reviews over on Amazon are flawless. There are literally no unhappy owners at this point and that says volumes about this stove. As you will know as well as I do, backpackers are not very forgiving if they get let down by equipment. No worries about that with the Olicamp.
This Kinetic stove is also very affordable, and with it’s unique features and the pots that come with it you’re all set right out of the box. I expect to see a lot more from Olicamp with regard to backpacking tools and equipment in the future."

To learn more about this and other Olicamp products, visit their website 


Gear Review: Edelweiss Curve 9.8MM

The folks over at Climbing Zine recently reviewed the Edelweiss Curve 9.8MM rope, a high performance and dependable rope perfect for sport or trad climbing. The Curve comes in three different lengths (50M, 60M, and 70M) and is available with Unicore technology, an ARC bipattern option, and Supereverdry treatment for top level water repellency. This rope is ideal for progressing climbers looking to improve their skills and climb harder.

Reviewer Drew Thayer describes his criteria in looking for a new cragging rope "It doesn’t have to be fancy, or particularly light, just something durable that my partners and I can take a thousand falls on and never worry about it. There are lots of options out there, and the Curve 9.8 mm rope stands out as a good one."

Thayer goes on to say "I don’t know how Edelweiss pulled this off, but they managed to build a durable, 9.8 mm rope with a high fall rating that catches as softly as Beal’s super slinky Opera rope…that’s 8.5 mm thick. If you like soft falls, but are looking for a long-wearing workhorse, cragging with this rope is like cheating: you get both."