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E-Climber – Bodyweight Support for Climbing


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Project data

  • Project no: GRS-052/21 
  • Amount of funding: CHF 150'000 
  • Approved: 05.07.2021 
  • Duration: 01.2022 - 12.2023 
  • Area of activity:  First Ventures, seit 2018

Project management

Project description

Climbing is a trend sport and has now established itself as a leisure sport. Therapeutic climbing is an alternative to standard physiotherapy and has also established itself as a popular treatment method. But the problem is, climbing requires strength. Some patients that suffer for example from a handicap, overweight chronic illnesses, sensomotoric disorders or paraplegia do not have enough strength to climb on their own. That is where the E-Climber steps in.
The E-Climber is a device that supports the climbing person by reducing their bodyweight. It is kind of like an E-Bike for climbing. The E-Climber has an integrated bodyweight support system as well as an integrated auto-belay system. The patient is securely attached to a rope and with the reduced bodyweight, climbing becomes possible for many, when not all persons. Therapeutic climbing benefits greatly from our technology because with the E-Climber, physical prerequisites are no longer necessary. This is how the E-Climber revolutionizes climbing.


The aim is to develop our prototype of the E-Climber into a commercial product.
The development takes place in close cooperation with physiotherapists, rehabilitation clinics and climbing gyms. The aim of the second phase is to adapt the prototype from phase 1 so that it meets the legal requirements and can be successfully certified. The prototype will also be used to conduct tests with potential users and buyers.


Persons involved in the project

Michael Haldimann, Co-project leader
Fabio Fitz, Co-project leader
Kevin Heiniger, Chief Technology Officer

Last update to this project presentation  15.02.2023