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New route in Nemjung south face (Nepal)

First ascent by Yannick Graziani and Christian Trommsdorff - Oct 11th to 16th,2009

The route

In Nemjung south face

GRIMPday 2009 Video

GRIMPday 2009: Rescue professionals with no fear

GRIMPday is an international, multidisciplinary technical rope rescue competition which takes place every October in Namur. The fourth edition was a face-off between 23 teams, from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Switzerland and Germany. The participants were firefighters, soldiers, police officers, rescuers, etc.

Petzl attends the 2009 IKAR CISA Convention

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.

Cerro Torre, the making-of

Cerro Torre - Photo SourzacMaking-of the movie "Ritmo Latino"

The story of two alpinists, Bruno Sourzac and Ramiro Calvo, bewitched by the same mountain: Cerro Torre. In the heart of Patagonia, this granite monolith rejects many suitors, even the most gifted ones. Ramiro has produced a funny and touching film of the Franco-Argentinean team making the ascent.
 

 

Ice screws and threads, resistance tests

videoIce anchor workshop

Petzl partnered with the "Ice Climbing Ecrins" event to organize a workshop to test the pull-out strength of ice screws and ice threads. Petzl built a mini test center on a frozen creek in the Fournel valley. The pull-out strength was tested using an equalized belay anchor attached to a jack and a chain. Ice screws, ice threads and ice axes were attached to the system and pull tested. The pull-out strength was measured using a dynamometer.