Technical Rescue: Nighttime exercises in the French Alps

Monday, February 18, 2013, 8:30pm. In the Dévouluy Mountains of France’s Hautes-Alpes department, GMSP 05’s (Hautes-Alpes Firefighter Mountain Rescue Group) red van comes to a halt in the Pic de Bure aerial tram parking lot. On board the search and rescue team is preparing to start a winter nighttime mountain rescue exercise. The goal is simple, simulate rescuing a skier who has fallen into Rocher de Corne’s Chourum cave and then transport the victim to the parking lot where an ambulance will be waiting with medical personnel.

VIDEO - Sasha DiGiulian sends "Era Vella" (5.14d - 9a) in Margalef

Last spring, Petzl Team member Sasha DiGiulian, became the first female to redpoint Chris Sharma’s Era Vella (9a/14d) in Margalef, Spain. Sasha is one of a handful of women in the world to climb at that grade and remains the only America woman to do so.  Filmmakers Andy Mann and Keith Ladzinski were on hand to capture the process. 

VIDEO - A day in the life of Team Petzl in Spain

Joe Kinder is in Spain for the winter, to enjoy climbing in the sun and chilling out with friends. He was able to grab some stolen moments of what could be a day in the life of our rock climbers. A few words from Joe.

NAO: update your headlamp with the latest version of the OS by Petzl software

A new version of the "OS by Petzl" headlamp performance customization software has just been released. This update concerns everyone who has an NAO headlamp.

pictoThe updated software will allow you to:

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.