CAMP (company)

CAMP (also spelled C.A.M.P., and called Camp, standing for "Concezione Articoli Montagna Premana"; the English equivalents are "Conception" (N.B., evidently not "concession"), "Articles", "Mountains", "Premana"), is one of the world's leading manufacturers of equipment for climbing and associated activities such as ski mountaineering and industrial safety. The company is based in Italy.[1]

CAMP manufactures a wide range of products, including ice axes, crampons, ice screws, pitons, carabiners, nuts, tricams, camming devices, harnesses, helmets, rucksacks, tents, ski racing clothing, and various snow tools.

The company was founded by Nicola Codega, a blacksmith, in 1889 in the Italian alpine village of Premana, where it is still based.[2] Originally producing wrought-iron goods, an order in 1920 for ice axes for the Italian army was their first foray into the world of climbing equipment. From there the company extended its climbing range to include crampons, pitons, and nuts, and eventually with the encouragement of leading mountaineer Riccardo Cassin and collaboration with American climber Greg Lowe (founder of Lowe Alpine), into non-metallic equipment. The company is still run by Codega's descendants.


  1. Smith, Ian (October 2008). "C.A.M.P ..... Italy: Who are on earth are they?". UKClimbing. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  2. "Info - C.A.M.P." Expo Mountain Network s.r.l. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
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