Our mission is to conceptualize, design, manufacture and distribute outstanding technical gear for climbers, alpinists, ski mountaineers, mountain runners, mountain enthusiasts and professional workers at height around the world.
Innovation through Research & Development is the keystone of what we do: innovative gear not only keeps us safe, it also increases our chances for success and enjoyment in the mountains. To this end, we infuse the concept of lightweight into every one of our designs. Trimming weight is one thing we can do with any piece of equipment to enhance the climber’s experience. Our ultimate desire is that our lightweight designs inspire climbers to climb to their next level.
Our safety products are designed to be easy-to-use and solutions-oriented. Each and every piece of safety equipment is built with the highest level of attention to detail in order to guarantee that which is paramount of workers at height – to get the job done safely and efficiently. C.A.M.P started in 1889 as a one-man metal shop. We maintain this heritage in the raw world of manufacturing where have passed the value of getting our hands dirty down through four generations of family owners. This is our heritage and it will always be our future.
C.A.M.P. is a leading company in the outdoor gear industry (the acronym stands for Concezione Articoli Montagna Premana) and its history dates back to 1889, its earliest days being in a small workshop in Premana, in the mountains around Lecco, with Nicola Codega working wrought iron. The workshop was then passed on to his son Antonio, manufacturer of the famous ice axes destined to the Alpine Regiment. With its three brands – CAMP, CASSIN AND CAMP SAFETY – C.A.M.P. can now be found in 80 countries around the world and holds branches in France, the United States and Russia. C.A.M.P.’s products epitomise lightness and performance, along the lines of the “light and fast” motto of contemporary alpinism.
With its 125 year-long history of work and passion, faithful to its roots and open to a global contest which allowed it to grow and develop its sport know-how in the work-at-height industry, C.A.M.P. is now led by the fourth generation of the Codega family. For this reason, too, this is a matchless company, true to the authentic mountain culture forged amid tradition and innovation.
Riccardo Cassin (1909-2009): much more than a mountaineer, but a mountain legend. A man of few words, who would glance at you and smile. His face would tell the story of his life and his style: he never stopped when difficulties arose. He wasted no time with small talk: thoughts would merely anticipate action, nothing other than that. Cassin looked at the mountains and climbed them, just like a climbing machine. Period.
Was he made a silent type by time? Not really, for that had been his nature all along. After he climbed the Comici route on the north face of the Cima Grande di Lavaredo, in 1934, he told the journalist who wanted to interview him that a pen was unnecessary with him: he would have needed a cork screw…. The same journalist, however, painted a perfect portrait of him. “An all-rounder, a concrete athlete from any point of view – strong, agile, calm and cautious, in the extremely difficult sections and in the easier ones alike, and almost looks foreign to all his extraordinary skills and his exceptional feats. Cassin would appear not to care so much about himself and this carelessness almost equals ingenuity.”
Still in Lavaredo, a few days before the north face of the Cima Grande, Cassin conquered the south-east face of the Cima Piccolissima, as well. The second repetition of the Comici route on the northwest face of the Civetta then took place in 1935, his feat on the southeast pillar of the Trieste Tower and the solution to the great problem: the overhangs on the north face of the Cima Ovest di Lavaredo, previously attempted an astonishing twenty-seven times. Cassin and Vittorio Ratti will succeed at their first attempt, solving that famous crossing which acted like the Rubicon: once on the other side, there was no way back.