History & Innovations
When the first cordage (the ancestor of today’s Edelweiss ropes) was produced in Austria, mountaineering as a sport was barely born. It was 1790 and the Mont Blanc had recently been climbed for the first time. The needs of this brand new alpine culture were met by Edelweiss in 1935 when their first mountaineering rope was made. This was only the beginning of the pioneering development of mountain gear. The history of Edelweiss is landmarked by major innovations which supported the evolution of mountaineering and modern sport climbing.
INVENTOR OF THE KERNMANTLE ROPE
In 1953, Edelweiss introduced the biggest innovation ever in the world of mountain sports: the first “kernmantle” rope was born. A rope made of a separate core covered by a braided sheath, this new rope was more resistant to abrasion and more durable. But above all, it was safer to climb on! This safety feature opened the way to the mountains for many, and it is still used for all climbing ropes.
MASTERING DESIGN AND IN HOUSE PRODUCTION
Skills and experience are not something to sleep on, so we work and learn every day to continuously be better. We achieve this thanks to internal development and a know-how that go from design to production. The techniques, features, and combination of the various specifications enable us to offer a wide variety of rope constructions specifically mastered for every kind of use.
TESTS AND SAFETY
Standards, certifications, tests, and real life use in the field are the ultimate judges of the quality of our ropes. We don't only conform to the standards for impact force and breaking strength, we commit to going above and beyond. When the standard requires a minimum of 5 UIAA falls, we want to reach 8, 9, 10… Our Sharp Edge Resistant ropes are proof that we keep in mind what can happen in the field. SOLID ropes, Safety first!
ENJOY THE CLIMBING PERFORMANCE
All this history and craft come together in order to bring you the best climbing experience and sensations. A comfortable rope to rely on and climb on with full confidence is a precious ally for a successful day. Your feelings will be enhanced and you'll enjoy more of the experience when each move is exactly connected to nature.