VIDEO – The full version of the 2012 Petzl RopeTrip film

Petzl RopeTrip’s first edition took place from October 5-7, 2012, at V.axess, Petzl’s official training center in Crolles, France. The goal of this challenge was to bring together rope access workers from around the world for a festival and the opportunity to share best practices and knowledge with peers.

VIDEO: IKAR CISA 2012 in Krynica

The complete video from the 64th congress of the International Commission for Mountain Rescue is now available. Technical workshops, conferences, equipment demonstrations, all of the conference highlights are now on video!
 

Ice climbing: events all around the world

Over the weekend of January 12-13, 2013, the promotion team and Petzl Team climbers took off to take part in multiple ice climbing events across the planet. Of note were Ice Climbing Ecrins in the Hautes-Alpes region of France, the Ouray Ice Festival and its Elite Mixed Comp in Colorado, the Ice Climbing World Cup in South Korea, and the Youth World Championships in Saas Grund, Swizterland.

 

The 2013 catalog is here!

Download the new 2013 catalog optimized for the iPad

The new 2013 sport catalog is now available in PDF format optimized for the iPad and other tablet computers, translating to a more comfortable read, the ability to zoom in on technical drawings, product photos and action photos, as well as links to online content.

Ouray Ice Fest 2013 Wrap Up

It was well below freezing in the Ouray Ice Park, but in the half-warmth of the winter sun, a gloveless Jeff Mercier climbed through a section of overhanging artificial wall festooned with old-school mountaineering ice axes and dense foam blocks. He alternated between whacking the picks of his ERGO ice tools into the foam, and gently hooking and mono-pointing into the spike holes of the dangling ice axes. 

VIDEO - Nina Caprez sends the mythic route "Silgergeier" in the Rätikon, Switzerland

Team Petzl member Nina Caprez recently achieved one of her lifelong goals by sending Silbergeier in Rätikon, Switzerland. The extremely difficult and run-out multi-pitch route required lots of dedication and drive. Here, Nina discusses the details of her project.

VIDEO - Oule Waterfall Ice Climbing (V+, 5+) by Erwan Lelann - Petzl Promotion Manager

Sometimes you find treasures right in your backyard. The excellent ice climbing conditions in the Alps last winter allowed for a rare ascent of the seldom frozen Oule Waterfall, near the Petzl Headquarters. From his office window Erwan Lelann, Petzl's Promotions Manager, had been scoping out the line as it formed. Finally on Valentine's Day 2012 he got his chance. And here's the video...
 

Cerro Torre west face "Ragni route"

After taking part in the Petzl RocTrip in la Piedra Parada / Patagonia,  Austrian climbers Guido Unterwurzacher and Max Berger decided to make a quick visit to El Chalten trying to climb something down there.

Petzl RocTrip Argentina: More photos and a Big Thanks!!

By now calm has probably returned to Piedra Parada. The 1300 climbers have left, the winds have erased the footprints and the canyons no longer echo with the jangling of gear and the shouts of "Allez!" or "Venga!" After the 2012 Petzl RocTrip that took place November 22-25, what's left?

Petzl RocTrip Argentina: D. Benegas on his 1993 FA of Piedra Parada

Damian Benegas, the famous Argentinian alpinist, has climbed some of the biggest mountains all over the world: in the Himalayas, South America, and Africa. Along with this twin brother, Willie, they have done numerous technical first ascents. Perhaps less well known is the fact that he was the first to summit the iconic 200-meter high Piedra Parada nearly twenty years ago via the route 'Sueno Lento", with his partner Pablo de la Fuente.