German manufacturers Edelrid have been involved in making alpine equipment for more than 150 years, leading the way in rope making with the world’s first kernmantel rope (a rope with a central core surrounded by a woven exterior sheath) back in 1953.
Shortly afterwards they laid the groundwork for the dynamic climbing ropes of today by launching a rope that could take multiple falls (which of course they all do now). Oh, they also invented the first climbing harness (a chest harness!), helping to push climbing worldwide.
Other innovations from Edelrid include a floating rope for canyoning, one specifically for indoor climbing, and in 2000, the 9.8mm Dynalon rope. At the time it was the thinnest rope available, and it’s the exact same width as the Parrot we’ve picked out as our choice.
“Needless to say, this upcycling doesn’t affect the integrity of the rope.”
Today, Edelrid produce millions of metres of climbing rope every year and have placed sustainability at the forefront of their manufacturing process. Every inch of rope is BlueSign certified. They believe they are the first company in the world to achieve that status.