Jacques Christinet, a native of Lausanne, Switzerland, spent many years working in Zermatt as part of the maintenance and safety team for the cable cars. While high above the ground, inspecting the cables, Christinet conceived an extraordinary feat: to zip line the entire length of the wire ropes, from top to bottom. In 1996, he performed this remarkable action and a seed was planted in his mind.
In 2006, the seed germinated: Christinet and his longtime friend Vincent Hueber opened a high ropes adventure course in Zermatt, Switzerland. At the time, they were limited to the traditional carabiner system. Customers had to loosen the carabiner, clip and unclip on the wire ropes at junctions and between elements. Jacques and Vincent quickly recognized this was a safety concern as the system left users vulnerable for a few short seconds. As a result of this unnecessary risk, close supervision was essential, especially for youth. In fact, children from the ages of 4 to 6 were unable to use it at all.
In 2007, the two passionate mountaineers successfully designed and engineered an innovative system that would continuously secure the individual to the wire rope. Speedrunner I®, the world's first rolling continuous belay system, was introduced.
Speedrunner I® dramatically increased user safety. They retrofitted Forest Fun Park Zermatt with the revolutionary system, premiering the first aerial adventure park completely equipped with a rolling continuous belay system in the spring of 2009.
In 2010, Jacques Christinet and Vincent Hueber opened Kanopeo GmbH, updating the Speedrunner I® and re-introducing it as Saferoller®. The innovative rolling continuous belay system immediately caught the attention of a number of aerial adventure park owner/operators who enthusiastically embraced the technologically superior system.
In their ongoing quest to serve the market, Jacques Christinet and Vincent Hueber introduced the Speedrunner® product line in 2012. Vincent Hueber conceived the Kanhook® (PPE) which set the bar for economical continuous belay systems.
Continuous technological development and enhanced safety is Kanopeo's motivation.
The Saferoller® and Speedrunner® systems are constantly evolving. The modern continuous belay systems are lighter, safer and more technologically advanced. These unparalleled continuous belay systems are installed in more than 400 parks worldwide.
Over the past decade, Kanopeo GmbH has designed, engineered and manufactured a complete line of equipment and accessories to compliment both systems. From A to Z: Advice to Zip, Kanopeo is your one-stop solution when designing and building your ultimate aerial adventure park. And yes, Forest Fun Park in Zermatt continues to serve as the testing ground for product innovation.
Kanopeo: leading the industry to new heights for over a decade.