Expedition BU56: secret code or magic words?
A secret code for the uninitiated but magic words for cavers throughout the world! BU56, aka "Sima de las Puertas de Illamina," is one of the biggest and most beautiful caves on the planet. Located in the Budoguia Mountains of Spain's Navarre region, this cave represents one of the key links within the immense PSM network (Pierre Saint Martin, which today contains 240 explored kilometers of caves). Read the expedition report as told by Phil Bence…
"El Cap at arm’s strength" T-minus one day before departure
On September 28, 2013, the "El Cap at arm’s strength" team will travel to Yosemite, with Marion Poitevin, Live Sansoz, Nicolas Potard, Fabien Dugit, and of course Vanessa François in tow.
A highly-technical project, a human adventure, and above all else a dream-ascent full of hope. Petzl is proud to support this project and wishes the entire team the best of luck.
The North Face® Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc® - youthful exuberance and sunny skies take the race
On Friday, August 30, 2013, one hour before the UTMB started, the streets of Chamonix swarmed with spectators enthralled with the beat rhythm of the Batucada music, all the while runners remained focused as they sauntered up to the starting line. Two such completely different moods in one place are what make this world trail running gathering so magical. At 16:30 the thousands of spectators in the town center cheered ever louder to provide an encouraging send-off to the 2469 runners participating in this great loop around Mont-Blanc.
TDS 2013: photos of the race
On Wednesday, August 28, at 07:00 in the morning, the starting gun fired in Courmayeur (Italy) for the official start of the TDS. The first of the UTMB’s three races set the pace for this 2013 edition that promises to be an exciting adventure for runners with, for the first time in awhile, fantastic weather.
Petzl, event partner, presents the first status report for the TDS prior to the highly anticipated starts of the CCC and the UTMB.…
UT4M: Grenoble’s Ultra a great success!
An ambitious but successful wager for this first edition of the Ultra Tour des 4 Massifs. The UT4M started on August 23, 2013, in Paul Mistral Park, located in the heart of the city of Grenoble (France). This event stands out from other trail ultras by linking together the 4 mountain ranges that surround the capital of the Alps, without ever losing sight of the city. Three courses, 4 climbs to an altitude of almost 2400 meters, 10,000 meters of vertical gain, and more than 950 participants for this first edition! Petzl would like to express its gratitude to both the participants and organizers of the UT4M…
"Peuterey Integral" by Ueli Steck
This is a description for the "Intégrale de Peuterey," the longest ridge traverse in the Alps. With 4500 meters vertical gain and an average time of 2 to 3 days to complete the climb, this adventure piqued my interest…
Narrative by Ueli Steck
VIDEO - Petzl RocTrip Argentina 2012 – the official movie
Located in the heart of the Patagonian pampas, in Argentina’s Chubut province, Piedra Parada's monolith rises up from the surrounding desert. Lying just to the north, the majestic La Buitrera Canyon was home to the Petzl RocTrip in November 2012. Here is the official movie for the event.
Celebrating 20 years of bouldering: TAB back with a vengeance for a wildly successful event!
To celebrate 20 years of pulling down hard, the "Tout À Blocs" (TAB) bouldering contest wanted to make a lasting impression. What better way to celebrate this anniversary edition than to once again organize an international open bouldering competition in Argentière-la-Bessée, France.
From July 24-28, 2013, the Pays des Ecrins area of the Southern French Alps beat to the rhythm of a fantastic climbing festival: bouldering in Ailefroide, a kids contest, and an International Open in the middle of Quartz Square.
UT4M: the first edition of Grenoble’s Ultra Trail
With the current explosion and widespread popularity of trail running at all levels, the first edition of the Ultra Trail des 4 Massifs (UT4M) already looks to be a huge success. More than 900 runners have registered for the upcoming race, far exceeding the 750 initially forecasted. Event organizers focused on creating an original race course. With the start and finish lines in downtown Grenoble, the course passes through the surrounding Vercors, Taillefer, Belledonne and Chartreuse Mountains; 160 km and 10,000 meters vertical gain for this new ultra trail!
The UT4M will take place in Grenoble from August 23-25, 2013.