Seen here are the ice axe and crampons I purchased in Chamonix, France, in the summer of 1962. Chamonix is the alpine climbing center of Europe, located in a deep valley at the foot of Mt. Blanc and the vertiginous Aiguilles (Needles) of Chamonix. The latter peaks rise 9000′ directly over Chamonix, while Mt. Blanc rises 12000′. I arrived there in 1962, intent on climbing as many of the famous peaks that cluster around Mt. Blanc (and Mt. Blanc itself), as I could manage. These tools were with me on some of the most exciting climbs of my life! See this and other posts on these climbs:
Short-shafted ice axe, for mixed climbs
Over on the other (south) side of Mont Blanc is the Italian town of Courmayeur, also a climbing center. These Grivel crampons were manufactured there.