A Brief History of Simond

Discover our climbing brand Simond and the 150 years of history that lie behind it.

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A Brief History Of Simond

A Brief History of Simond

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Some of our achievements include:
1948

First tubular carabiner.

1950

First ascent of Annapurna, first 8000er to be climbed.

1953

First ascent of Everest – 8848m (Hillary & Tensing).

1970

First entirely metal ice axe – Metallic 720.

1971

First ascent of W pillar of Makalu – 8470m.

1972

First 100% asymmetric rigid crampon – Makalu.

1977

First carabiner with monobloc gate – 3000.

1984

First crampons with tool-free adjustment – Jorasses.

1986

First ergonomically shaped Zicral carabiner – Cliff.

1988

First sit harness with ventilated heat-molded back panel.

1992

First grade 7 on ice ‘La Dame du Lac’ (Renaud).

1998

First carabiner with dynamic locking (patented monobloc system) – Spider.

2003

First curved and tapering Carving shaft – Anaconda cup.

2005

First belay device with integrated system for giving slack when rope is under tension – Toucan.

2008

Interface for helicopter rescue developed in partnership with the PGHM.

A full list of Simond’s achievements can be found here.

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