Developing the Pongoose Climber 1000+

Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF)

About the project

Pongoose is a Dorset climbing brand and specialist supplier of climbing equipment. Its core product, the Pongoose Climber, a clipstick for climbers, is the creation of founders Robin and Katie Rendall.

In June 2018 Pongoose was awarded an AUB-ERDF Innovation Voucher to support the research and development of a new product; a capital and time intensive process for any business, especially one so young. In 2019, the Pongoose Climber 1000+ was launched, a ‘big brother’ to the slightly shorter Pongoose Climber 700. The new product is helping the business and its customers to reach new heights, by offering a complete product range to suit amateur and professional climbers.

The UK climbing scene is a fast-growth industry for sports enthusiasts and specialist suppliers alike and Pongoose’s unique brand and skilled processes are now seeing them stocked internationally.

Find out more about Pongoose here.


European Structural and Investment Funds

This project is supported through match-funding by the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This fund was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. This investment will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit