The annual meeting of the International Commission for Alpine Rescue took place September 22-27 in Zermatt, Switzerland. It brings together mountain rescue organizations from all over the world and this year it was organized by the Organisation Cantonale Valaisanne des Secours (OCVS), whose purpose is to help ensure fast, effective rescue response in the popular Valais region of Switzerland.

Close to 300 particpants can from 30 counties meet at the foot of the Matterhorn to discuss exchanges their points of view on mountain rescue, its organization, methods and future.


About ICAR

ICAR is he worldwide open platform fort the exchange of mountain rescue know-how. In the ICAR, the actual mountain rescuers (summer and winter) come together as in the practical mission with the air rescuers and specific emergency doctors and also with the producers of mountain rescue equipment.
They all together care about the preservation for quality and conducting a advancement of quality for the benefit of the injured people in the mountains.

  • On this platform the practitioner of the member organisations tells their experience, their development as well as their rescue problems.
    The exchange of experience between the best mountain rescuers around the world helps avert already made mistakes get repeated that the new findings can immediately be used from everyone.


At this year's conference, Petzl had the opportunity to partcipate in Peter VEIDER's (Austrian mountain rescue, or ÖBRD) discussion regarding the use of Dyneema® ropes. Tests have shown that the use of these types of high-strength ropes instead of classic kernmantle ropes modifies the energy absorption capacity of the rescue system in case of a shock.  If used in such a configuration, the system must be completely analyzed in order to adapt it to the situation at hand.