Founded in 2020 by Owner and Shaper Steven Higdon. Steven brought together several shapers from around the climbing industry to bring variety and quality at a reasonable price to commercial gyms and home walls. Catalyst Grips holds are manufactured just down the road in Bend, Oregon at Entreprises USA.
Owner and Shaper - Steven Higdon
Steven entered the world of climbing and mountaineering in 2013. During a road trip that landed him in Yosemite in 2015, he began bouldering outside. After spending a few days bouldering around Camp 4 in Yosemite, he promptly returned home to Portland, OR and joined a local climbing gym (Portland Rock Gym). He was immediately hooked, and would frequently spend 6-7 days a week at the gym or at one of the local crags with friends. A year later, he built himself his first home wall, and began affixing crude wooden holds that he made at home to his home wall, because new plastic holds were a bit out of his price range at the time. Over the next few years, his interest in shaping wooden holds transformed into shaping foam and pouring Polyurethane at his shop near Mt. Hood, Oregon.