“Our mission is to design and produce innovative products that will optimize efficiency for mountain travel.”
Billy Goat Technologies is the manufacturer / distributor for BGT Ascent Plates. The Ascent Plate is a new Patented alpine snowshoe for technical terrain made from an aluminum plate component that fits between the ski / mountaineering boot and a crampon. Billygoat Technologies was founded in 2012 by Jon Johnston and Lance Edwards.
The plates have gone thru various stages of development since 2004 when Jon made the first pair out of a scrap of laminate flooring to climb the north face of Plinth Peak in the BC coast range. The flooring didn’t last long, but the concept worked amazingly well. Soon in conjunction with the late Jack Hannan, multiple prototypes were created out of various materials until we settled on aluminum for its light weight, strength and ease of manufacturing.
The Ascent Plates have been tested extensively on some of the most difficult lines in North America, including the first winter ascent and descent of the “Beautiful Nightmare” on Plinth Peak, BC; an attempt of the southwest ridge of Mt St Elias, AK (reaching 16,000’); an attempt of the NE face Mt Queen Bess BC; Mt Hickson, BC (various lines), Mt Rainier, WA; Joffre Peak BC, both Twisting Couloir to NW face direct and Central couloir; Mt Sampson BC, North Face and DD couloir; Mt Meager BC by various lines, and countless other routes around BC and AK.
Jack and Jon pioneered many routes around the Pemberton area, using snowmobiles to access remote areas and climb lines that most would not have attempted. The ascent plates were crucial to the success of many of those missions. Unfortunately Jack passed away in an avalanche on the north face of Mt Currie in March 2010, but Jon is still out looking for new lines in the Coast Range.
-New Teflon impregnated anodizing to eliminate any snow sticking to the plates on warm days. Available in black only.
-Now available in four configurations: small and large for both soft boots and hard boots.