Boreal has a long and rich history, with an impressive "trophy case" of innovations and first ascents from climbers wearing their footwear under their belt. Founded in 1975 by Jesus Garcia Lopez in Villena, Spain, Boreal footwear quickly gained a reputation for trekking and mountaineering boots. It was this reputability that caught the attention of the legendary Spanish rock climbers, the Gallego brothers, who asked Jesus if he could create a rubber sole designed specifically for rock climbing shoes. 1980, the Gallego brothers would take the now famous "Firé" rock shoe to Yosemite, where they opened the first non-American route on El Capitan, the Mediterraneo. Three years later, 265 pairs of Boreal shoes were to be sold at the Yosemite Mountain Shop, where they sold out within the first two hours of sale, cementing Boreal as one of the top leaders in rock climbing shoes. Since then, climbers have achieved some pretty impressive feats wearing Boreal shoes: Wolfgang Güllich climbed "Wall Street", Frankenjura, the world's first 8c, in 1987; Ben Moon climbed the first 8c+ in Raven Tor, England, in 1990; Lynn Hill made the first free ascent of "The Nose", El Capitan, in 1992; and Wolfgang Gülcich climbed “Action Directe”, Frankenjura, the world’s first 9a. As for alpine wear, Boreal had a hand in the development of GORE-TEX®, after they produced the first ever boot with a waterproof and breathable lining, called New-Tex®. 40 years on, Boreal is still located in Villena and is now run by Jesus Jr., the original Jesus Garcia's son. Fully and purposefully committed to footwear, Boreal have one of the most expansive knowledge bases and experience wells to draw from when it comes to making rock climbing shoes and mountaineering boots, and one of the most impressive trophy collections to date.