Ice Climbing Season 2012: program, tips and information

As winter is finally settling in Europe and other parts of the northern hemisphere, the first icicles start to appear, and the call of ice climbing can be heard. If the cold weather stays, it should not be long before the waterfalls turn solid and the first ice climbers show up. Numerous events are organized around the world and these are valuable occasions to test equipment, train, learn techniques, share information and meet with other ice climbers. Ice climbing is a serious endeavor and requires all the skills and precautions of mountaineering.

Tech Tips for Saint Nick

Santa's job isn't without its risks. Just imagine working under serious time pressure, moving around on snowy roofs in the dark...

In Florida, "Santa Claus" was getting ready for the upcoming Christmas work rush and brushing up on his rappelling technique at a local shopping mall. But the exercise didn't go exactly as planned. Instead, this poor "Santa" got his beard caught in the descender. We still don't know if he ever made it down..

Tech Tips for Saint Nick

Santa's job isn't without its risks. Just imagine working under serious time pressure, moving around on snowy roofs in the dark...

In Florida, "Santa Claus" was getting ready for the upcoming Christmas work rush and brushing up on his rappelling technique at a local shopping mall. But the exercise didn't go exactly as planned. Instead, this poor "Santa" got his beard caught in the descender. We still don't know if he ever made it down..

Mountain rescue: video from the IKAR CISA 2011 Conference

 

The international IKAR-CISA conference took place at the end of October in Are, Sweden. Every year this international event brings together mountain rescue teams from all over the world.

The goal of the conference is to share experiences as well as different techniques and equipment in order to improve both efficiency and safety for mountain rescue operations.

 

Labor of Love : Maurice, founder of "GRIMP" search and rescue team in Belgium

Portrait Maurice LevauxMaurice Levaux, 57 years old, is head of GRIMP, the hazardous environment search and rescue group in Aywaille, Belgium ("grimpe" is another word for "climbing" in French thus the acronym). GRIMP's creation and history are closely linked to a recent event. In 1997, during a club outing at the Sy/Ourthe cliff, one of Maurice's close friends was involved in an accident.

Kendal Mountain Festival 2011 - to the Summit

 

By bringing 8500 people together The Kendal Mountain Festival in Cumbria reaches the summit of annual mountain sport events. During four days the passionate crew of about 200 volunteers served on a silver plate great moments of exchange with the men and women that inspire the outdoor community with their life. 

 

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Has your SCORPIO via ferrata lanyard been inspected following the May 2011 recall procedure?

AttentionPhoto des longes SCORPIO

Lanyards actually sold in shops are not affected by this recall.

Emily Harrington on RocTrip China

We are all back home now after the Petzl Roc Trip in the Getu Valley.  There’s a lot to say about our experiences there. Almost too many overwhelming thoughts, memories, and emotions come to mind simultaneously, and it's proving difficult to form it all into a cohesive story. One thing’s for sure, however: we went on an adventure I doubt any of us will forget.

VIDEO - Petzl RocTrip China, the trailer

Here is the first video from the 2011 Petzl RocTrip China, which took place in Getu, China at the end of October. This short 3 minute film is a sample of the climbing that took place during the event. We'll release a longer version (around 20 minutes) in Spring 2012.
 

Petzl RocTrip China : Where there's a will (and strong arms), there's a way

In the early hours of Sunday, October 30, one of the greatest Petzl RocTrips ever came to an end. Here in the Getu valley, the last few days have witnessed the very best of rock climbing, community sharing and entertainment.

Yesterday at the great Arch, above the eyes of hundreds of spectators, Dani "La Machina" Andrada sent all the pitches of his huge project, "Corazon de Ensueno". To complete this feat he was belayed all the way by Chris Sharma.