160 years of EDELRID Gear News

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This year marks the 160th year anniversary of EDELRID. Since the company was founded in 1863 by Julius EDELmann and Carl RIDder, we have continued to push innovation in the climbing and outdoor markets. 

As a celebration of this milestone we have put together a brief history of EDELRID, detailing some of our proudest achievements.


Julius EDELmann and Carl RIDder found EDELRID. One was a merchant and mountaineer, the other an engineer with substantial knowledge about braiding machines. The company starts out as a strand and cord manufacturer.


The first braided fishing lines are launched by EDELRID in Berlin.

UTAI 1941

By this point 3 different rope styles were common. Twisted ropes mainly made from Italian long hemp. Lützner ropes made of long hemp (spiral braided). Core filament ropes made of pure natural silk. Then the first nylon ropes emerged in the USA and France.


EDELRID introduces the first kernmantel rope, revolutionizing safety in mountain sports. The use of hemp rope and not infrequent rope breaks soon became a thing of the past.


The first fire completely destroys the production facilities.

Fire 1


EDELRID developed the first energy-absorbing rope, also known as the multi-fall rope. This marked the birth of the dynamic mountain rope in the form we know today.


EDELRID launches the first harness-initially only for the chest-and develops the sit harness in parallel with the competition. This paved the way for harder climbing in the 1970s.


EDELRID launches the first sewn quickdraw sling. Claus Benk, the owner of EDELRID at the time, launches the product.

Soon after the product launch, EDELRID burns down for the second time!

Fire 2


The twin strand technique developed by EDELRID is used as a standard in rope production worldwide.


With the company keeping a lookout for new invention opportunities, EDELRID sees the breakthrough of canyoning as an adventure sport and develops the floating rope.


EDELRID brings an indoor climbing rope onto the market that meets the tough demands of climbing gyms.


Rope innovation continues and EDELRID create the 9.8 mm Dynalon rope, the thinnest single rope on the market.


EDELRID becomes part of the VAUDE Group.



EDELRID presents the first folding climbing helmet, the Madillo.



EDERID is the first rope manufacturing company to meet the bluesign® environmental standard. The entire process chain (from fiber selection and production to the sale of the ropes) has been awarded the environmental standard.


150 Years Rope Making Experience. EDELRID celebrates its 150th anniversary.


Foundation of EDELRID USA based in Redmond, Oregon.


EDELRID introduces the OHM, revolutionizing safety when climbing with a partner of differing weight.

Completion of all production, workshop and laboratory extension buildings.


Merger with the climbing shoe brand Red Chili, which continues under the EDELRID umbrella.


Completion of the new administration building at the company site in Isny.

EDELRID introduces the Swift Eco Dry, the first PFC-free climbing rope that complies with the UIAA standard for water-repellent ropes.


EDELRID becomes a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF)

EDELRID can look back on a long and turbulent history—the company has burnt down and been rebuilt twice over the years; it has been bought and sold again; it has overcome tragedies and celebrated successes.

Despite these struggles we have established ourselves as one of the most influential manufacturers in the industry.

For more information visit EDELRID's website

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