ABOUT USIt all started in the middle of Siberia on beautiful pink granite spires hidden in the Taiga. A unique type of climbing developed here: a kind of bouldering, but on 200m tall pillars. The area is known as Rock Pillars, and its unique rock and adventurous atmosphere is well sought after.
A group of local climbers started producing climbing shoes for themselves, later joining forces with rubber technicians and also skilled shoe-makers. The first pair of shoes was produced in 1988. At that time young Evgeniy Ovtchinikov (pictured in Heinz Zak’s Rock Stars climbing in those first ROCK PILLARS at Rock Pillars) began training in them, and wore them 3 years later in the first World Cup in Clusone, Italy where he finished surprisingly 3rd. Evgeniy and I met when he was first competing in Europe, after which I paid a visit to the famous Rock Pillars area. It was then that I became involved in the shoe development named after these rocks. At the time I was working as a car engineer and made climbing harnesses on the side as a hobby. It was a great challenge for me to use my technical expertise and climbing experience to develop new and innovative climbing shoes. Each prototype and model was tested by our ever increasing team of top climbers. Over time many other climbers joined Evgeniy in Rock Pillars– Elena Ovtchinikov, Salavat Rakhmetov, Olga Bibik, just to name a few.
In 1994 I began making ROCK PILLARS in the Czech Republic, a country with a long shoe-making tradition (Bata was born here). In the same year we presented our first climbing shoe collection at the first Outdoor fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
In the past 15 years we have developed and produced hundreds of thousand shoes and distributed them worldwide. We continually develop and rigorously test new solutions, new lasts, and stickier rubber. Experienced, top climbers are always close, as are climbing areas. We have gathered long-term experience, and our sponsored climbers have great success at the crag and at competitions alike. ROCK PILLARS veteran Salavat Rakhmetov is now joined by the likes of Tomas Mrazek, Jerome Deboeck, Korni Obleitner, and Andi Moelk.From World Cup podiums, to 9a sport routes, to 8C boulders- our shoes and climbers continue to push the limits of climbing. We are proud of their successes.
Founder, Rock Pillars