Sharing with our communities
The sharing of experience goes both ways: we learn from our users and pass along Petzl's expertise to them. This happens through our close ties with different communities. Petzl is present in the field in a variety of actions and initiatives.
Supporting our communities
Petzl supports key events centered on outdoor, sporting and professional activities.
During night runs like the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, Petzl is present at aid stations to assist runners with their headlamps. Petzl RocTrips are annual highlights for the climbing community and have spread around the world to Greece, Austria, United States, Mexico and China. Petzl organizes each of these climbing festivals, but the prime objective is to be present long-term by providing material and financial support for the development of climbing areas, or promotion of the activity and/or its sites. A case in point is the collaboration of the Petzl Foundation with the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition (petzl foundation link) that purchases the land needed to preserve climbing at the Red River Gorge (United States).
Professional events and championships also provide an opportunity to promote the importance of work safety and to share techniques and expertise. Petzl is a partner in numerous events like the French Rope Access Championships in 2011 at Petzl, the Ikar Cisa, GrimpDay in Belgium, and the European Arborist Championships.
Through different social networks, these activities in the field are complemented by a continual interaction with communities directly in touch with current practices, equipment, etc.
The strength of Team Petzl
The members of Team Petzl come from around the world to represent the company in the field. As ambassadors of the brand, they embody our values and are in direct contact with our users. They can interact with them regarding Petzl solutions, products and techniques. At the forefront of their activities, they are a part of the continuous evolution of practices - such as mixed climbing and dry tooling in mountain terrains - and are a driving force in the development of new products.
My role is to ensure Petzl's presence in the field. This visibility has to exist in both our markets, sport (climbing, mountaineering, caving) and professional (rescue, work, arborism). Whether through our Petzl Team [...]
Erwan Le Lann, Head of Team Petzl & Events
A privileged relationship with government organizations
In many countries, Petzl enjoys a unique relationship with government organizations. In France, for example, government-certified guides and leaders benefit from a direct professional relationship with the brand. A partnership has been established with ENSA, l’École Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme (national ski and mountaineering school), which trains future IFMGA-certified guides. ENSA's guiding instructors are equipped by Petzl.
A wide distribution of technical information
Last but not least, Petzl helps the user carry out his activities independently and under the safest conditions, thanks to a broad distribution of technical information. Translated into fifteen languages and available online, Petzl's Sport and Professional catalogs have become points of reference in the field, synthesizing essential technical and pedagogical information.