Pangaea: young explorers involved in the environmental movement

Since autumn 2008, we have shared with you the unique experiences of groups of young explorers on their expeditions with Mike Horn. To date, seven expeditions have been undertaken to the four corners of the globe (Antarctica, New Zealand Malaysia, India, Himalaya, China and Russia) and five more are planned by July 2012.
The objective of these expeditions is to teach young explorers about their natural environment and encourage them to find solutions that will, tomorrow, improve life on Earth.


GRIGRI 2, the new Petzl belay device with assisted braking

Behind every great send, there's a great belayer.
The GRIGRI 2 helps the belayer work in unison with the climber.

Pangaea: The Adventure continues

The Pangaea expedition to the Kamchatka region of Russia has ended. Despite some sketchy weather, the young explorers managed to take full advantage of their expedition's final days. The team shared some unforgettable moments with a group of dogsledders and their dogs, climbed a volcano and enjoyed soaking in the hot springs in Petropavlovsk, the capital of Kamchatka.

Mountain rescue : know-how sharing at IKAR CISA

The 62nd meeting was held in the Tatras mountains last fall gathering the mountain rescue corporations from all the Europeean countries, USA and Japan. The goal of the meeting is to share and discuss techniques, equiment and experiences in order to improve efficiency and safety during rescue operations in the mountains.


During the meeting two days of field training were proposed with simulation of rescue situations :

ice climbing season 2010 - 2011 event program

With cold weather finally settled over Europe and the north Hemisphere, ice conditions are here... Throughout the winter numerous events, meetings and competitions are organized.


Philippe Batoux - Le Nant de l'Enfer - Giettaz © Pascal Tournaire

Gérôme Pouvreau sends "Ganesh" F.A (5.14a) in Badami, India

The movie relates the first ascent by Gêrome Pouvreau of "Ganesh" 8B+ in Badami, India.
A movie by Vladimir Cellier & Julien Nadiras. More movies on Baraka Flims (



Vertical sailing Greenland

In the spring of 2010, Ben Ditto, Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, Nicolas Favresse, and his brother Olivier got on a sailboat to search for big wall first ascents in Greenland.


Information concerning autumn 2010 versions of the NOMIC (ref. U21 2) and ERGO (ref. U22) ice climbing tools :

NOMIC U21 2.

127 HOURS Follow Up - Thanks for All the TIKKAs

In January, 2010, the makers of the film 127 HOURS approached Petzl with a request. They wanted help tracking down the exact model and color of TIKKA headlamp that Aron Ralston wore during his ordeal in the Utah desert, around which the film is based. The props department used photos Ralston took of himself while trapped, his arm pinned between a boulder and the wall of a slot canyon, to identify the three-LED TIKKA and other objects Ralston had with him at that time. (It's not a spoiler to say that Ralston eventually amputated his own arm in order to escape.)

New Guidebook of Kalymnos : 2010 edition

The 5th edition of the guidebook for Kalymnos is now available. Written by Aris Theodoropoulos, the new version totally updates the latest developments of rock climbing on the magic island of Kalymnos.

Kalymnos guidebookChris Sharma repoints Jaws 8c in Sikati cave