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.
IKAR CISA - international mountain rescue conference 2012
The 64th congress of the International Commission for Mountain Rescue took place in Krynica, Poland, October 2-7, 2012. More than 400 mountain rescue professionals from around the world gathered at the event to discuss and share techniques, knowledge, and equipment for improving the effectiveness of mountain rescue.
Lectures and technical workshops to enrich the profession
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 - 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.
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.
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.
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