The Lakeland 100: sightseeing in the Lake District the ultra way

Lake District National Park, the second National Park established in the United Kingdom, located in one of the country’s most mountainous areas, hosted the Lakeland 100 from Friday, July 26, through Sunday, July 28, 2013. The event, which was divided into two ultra trail races, a 105 mile race (160 km) and a 50 mile race (80 km), attracted over 1000 ultra-marathon enthusiasts to run over the hills, through the woods, and of course by the lakes, in an area world-renowned for its incredible beauty.  

UTMB®: an imminent start for the world’s toughest trail race

The North Face® Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc® is just around the corner. The event, which hosts four of the world’s wildest and most extreme trail running races, will take place from August 26 to September 1, 2013. For the 11th time in as many years, runners will circle the Mont-Blanc range and cross through the three countries it lies in: Switzerland, Italy, and France. People experience a real connection with the mountains during such trying races. This feeling will be even more enhanced with the establishment of a dedicated environmental services team to ensure a leave-no-trace approach to the protected natural spaces where the races take place. So venture to the Chamonix Valley to cheer on the best trail runners on the planet.

Another action-packed Natural Games

The Natural Games International Outdoor Sports and Music Festival took place from June 27-30, 2013, in the southern French city of Millau. A major hub for outdoor sports, the city bent over backwards to host a fantastic international event that mixed music and a wide variety of sports such as mountain biking, rock climbing, slacklining, kayaking and paragliding, all in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The world's top athletes participated in the event.

The Petzl South Downs Way 100: a "leisurely" Saturday stroll through the coastal hills of Southern England

The South Downs Way is a National footpath and popular through-hike which runs the length of the South Downs Hills in the Southern England, from Winchester to Eastbourne. On June 15, 2013, the third consecutive South Downs Way 100 took place. A small group of enthusiastic ultra-runners took to the starting line to run the 100 mile (160 kilometer) course with 12,700 feet (3872 meters) of vertical gain. The mix of open grasslands, woodlands, dirt trails, and great weather made for a perfect day to go running.


VIDEO - CAF RocTrip Tarn - Daily reports

About 300 climbers from France and several other countries have met in the Gorges du Tarn for a RocTrip. The well renowned climbing area recently benefitted from a global rebolting plan to renew and secure all the climbing anchors.

NATURAL GAMES: are you ready for the one and only outdoor sports extravaganza?

Since 2008, the Natural Games have gather professional and amateur athletes from around the world and from different disciplines for an exceptional demonstration of kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, and even slacklining! A wild and crazy four-day competition mixing sports and music, where you can both enjoy the show and discover new activities. Head to Millau, France, the French outdoor sports capital, from June 27-30, 2013.

Grimpday 2013, the international challenge for search and rescue in hazardous environments

Grimpday is an international challenge that brings together search and rescue teams from around the world (firefighters, civil defense, military, and police). The event took place in Namur, Belgium, where teams competed against each other through exercises involving the unique elements related to search and rescue in hazardous environments. This event was created in 2006 by members of Namur’s regional fire department. The 2013 edition took place on Saturday, June 8, 2013, in the beautiful Belgian city. Petzl is proud to support this initiative that reinforces the development of effective techniques for rescues in hazardous environments.

Technical rescue: Raid Rescue 3 in Equator

The Raid Rescue was created in 2011 as a different type of event for rescue and emergency professionals in South America, a forum allowing them to share their expertise, collective strategies, and their experience for intervention and rescue in difficult-to-access environments.

Labor of love: rope access work

Rope access workers are experts at height, true professionals above the void, skilled specialists in difficult to access and confined spaces. They must master techniques for access and rope work. Certification, such as the CQP in France (Certificate for Professionally Qualified rope access work), requires a long training period. Rope access workers from all around the world are continuously developing innovative techniques for rope work and fall protection. Their rope access know-how (training, certification, and experience) is only part of the package, and would be of little use if they were not already skilled in the more traditional professions (masonry, plumbing, welding, painting, windows…).

Under the star-filled sky of Piedra Parada: guidebook excerpt and new photos!

To relive the highlights of Petzl RocTrip Argentina 2012, Sam Bié and Guillaume Vallot have decided to share some of their best shots. An exclusive selection of thirty candid photos, with memorable ascents from the event, transports us to Piedra Parada's very unique setting.