A scientific expedition to the Island of Madang: arborist-climbers explore the forest canopy
The goal of the 2012 scientific expedition to the Island of Madang in Papua New Guinea was to conduct a biodiversity inventory (insects, plants, trees…), to collect epiphyte plants, and to compare different altitude zones. Two arborist-climbers participated in the expedition, Noui Baiben and Laurent Pierron.
Labor of Love: France's PGHM mountain rescue unit in Reunion
The PGHM mountain rescue unit on the island of Reunion, like the other PGHM mountain rescue units, is tasked with providing rescue services to the public, searching for missing persons (as requested by law enforcement or the administration), and protecting the natural environment. Although they are located 10,000 km from mainland France, PGHM Reunion still works closely with Petzl to monitor and provide feedback on PPE (personal protective equipment) performance. In spite of the Indian Ocean's exotic element, certain rescues on the island of Reunion are among the most hazardous. The rescuers, mechanics, and pilots should know since they have all also worked in the French Alps.
Rescue services operational in Kalymnos!
What climber has not heard of Kalymnos? The Greek island located in the southeastern Aegean Sea, just off the coast of Turkey, is world-renowned for its many cliffs. With more than 2000 routes for all levels, Petzl RocTrip set up its base camp in Kalymnos in 2006… Even though rock climbers flock there in droves, the island had no formal rescue services for climbing accidents. Local residents called upon the Petzl Foundation to help to train them in rope rescue techniques.
Winter Olympic Games in Sochi: Petzl provides ski patrol with lift evacuation training
In May 2013, instructors from Petzl Solutions were invited by Petzl’s distributor in Russia to run a training program for the Ski Patrol at Sochi’s Rosa Khutor ski resort. The resort is located in the Western Caucasus, a wild mountainous region along the shores of the Black Sea. The upcoming Winter Olympic Games in February 2014will take place here.
European Tree Climbing Championships: the tree-top elite…
The European Tree Climbing Championships took place in Thun, Switzerland, during the weekend of September 7-8, 2013. Above and beyond the competition itself, where the Swiss proved dominant, the ETCC provided an opportunity for arborists to meet and exchange views, as well as to for the general public to learn about this rather atypical profession.
From the International Tree Climbing Championships and ISA Tradeshow
On August 3rd and 4th, 2013, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) held its annual International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) on the beautiful Center Island in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Grimpday 2013, the international challenge for search and rescue in hazardous environments
Grimpday is an international challenge that brings together search and rescue teams from around the world (firefighters, civil defense, military, and police). The event took place in Namur, Belgium, where teams competed against each other through exercises involving the unique elements related to search and rescue in hazardous environments. This event was created in 2006 by members of Namur’s regional fire department. The 2013 edition took place on Saturday, June 8, 2013, in the beautiful Belgian city. Petzl is proud to support this initiative that reinforces the development of effective techniques for rescues in hazardous environments.
Technical rescue: Raid Rescue 3 in Equator
The Raid Rescue was created in 2011 as a different type of event for rescue and emergency professionals in South America, a forum allowing them to share their expertise, collective strategies, and their experience for intervention and rescue in difficult-to-access environments.
Labor of love: rope access work
Rope access workers are experts at height, true professionals above the void, skilled specialists in difficult to access and confined spaces. They must master techniques for access and rope work. Certification, such as the CQP in France (Certificate for Professionally Qualified rope access work), requires a long training period. Rope access workers from all around the world are continuously developing innovative techniques for rope work and fall protection. Their rope access know-how (training, certification, and experience) is only part of the package, and would be of little use if they were not already skilled in the more traditional professions (masonry, plumbing, welding, painting, windows…).
Petzl launches an in depth study with equipment users: participate and provide your measurements!
Petzl is conducting a study in order to better adapt its products to different user body types. If you use harnesses, helmets, or head lamps, we cordially invite you to participate in this study. The results will contribute to new product development.