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 in 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.