Swiss qualifying round for the 2014 Petzl RopeTrip: photos and results

On Saturday, May 3, in Kletterzentrum Milandia center in Zurich, the Swiss qualifying round for the 2014 Petzl RopeTrip took place. The event brought together five teams from the country's three different language regions. 

An ice and mixed climbing expedition with Philippe Batoux: "Canada Dry" on ice!

Every three years Philippe Batoux, high mountain guide and professor at ENSA (France's elite guide school), trains five young aspiring mountaineers in every alpine discipline: free and aid climbing, ice climbing, snow and mixed routes. An expedition always caps off the series of training clinics. This year, Maël Baguet, Kevin Peyre, Yoan Foulon, Eric Jamet, and Dimitry Munoz traveled with him to Canada.

Expedition report by Philippe Batoux...

 

Melloblocco, the world's biggest international bouldering event!

Melloblocco took place in the Val di Mello and Val Masino valleys in Italy from April 30 to May 4, 2014.

This 11th edition proved to be one of the most spectacular in the event's history, and for good reason. With an unbelievable 2600 climbers registering online, no less than 5000 people made the trip to these incredibly beautiful valleys. The "Mello-boulderers," from beginners to pros, enjoyed testing their mettle on the endless number of boulder problems in the area.

Petzl RopeTrip, new Rules: more gear and techniques allowed

The Petzl RopeTrip aims to bring together people from different countries and their varied rope access techniques. With this in mind, Petzl has altered The Rules regarding the "Conditions for access to challenges" (chapters 7 & 8) to allow each team to use their own gear and techniques.

Customer information on the use of the Petzl CROLL B16 & B16AAA in corrosive environments

This information is intended specifically for those who use the Petzl CROLL rope clamp intensively for professional use. This update follows the information released on the Petzl website on March 17, 2014.

Petzl RocTrip 2014: follow the camper-trailer through Eastern Europe

For forty days and forty nights, from September 11 to October 20, 2014, we'll travel together through Romania, Bulgaria, the Republic of Macedonia, Greece, and Turkey. Every four or five days, we'll move the camper-trailer from one spot to another, from makeshift campsites in each host village to multi-pitch cliffs by way of amazing spots to boulder and deep water solo.

 

In the heart of Patagonia with Thomas Huber and Mario Walder

In February 2014, Thomas Huber and Mario Walder tried their luck in Cerro Torre Valley. In spite of good weather, they were forced to change plans. Beyond the routes themselves, Thomas talks about how their adventures in Patagonia remain first and foremost a voyage through a spectacular pristine wilderness.

Rolling Stones: The North face of the grandes Jorasses for free

The routes up the north face of the Grandes Jorasses evoke such descriptive words as "hard" and "committing". Looking for a new challenge, Slovenian climbers Luka Lindič and Luka Krajnc took advantage of a recent window of stable weather to make the first free ascent of a now former aid route. Three cold days on the daunting 1000 meter high face is all it took. 

Trip report by Luka Lindič.

Participate in the 2014 Petzl RopeTrip!

Registration has been open for a week and there are already almost twenty teams from around the world signed up for the 2014 Petzl RopeTrip. France, Switzerland, and Brazil plan to host national pre-series events where the winners will earn their ticket to Sweden.

Caving in Papua New Guinea: Iowa 2014, between fantasy and reality

"Iowa 2014" was a national expedition led by the French Caving Federation (FFS) and part of an overall effort to explore the Nakanai Mountains in Papua New Guinea. Led by a highly experienced team, cave exploration in the region's virgin equatorial forest has resulted in the discovery of several legendary deep caves and sinkholes such as Nare, Kavakuna, Minyé, Wowo, and Muruk. Back from the depths and into the daylight, Phil Bence talks about this adventure, between fantasy and reality, and how patience allowed for the discovery of new caves in the heart of the equatorial forest.