New route on the South Face of Gaurishankar: "Voyage au bout de la peine"

On October 23, 2013, French mountaineers Pierre Labbre, Mathieu Maynadier, Jérôme Parar and Mathieu Detrie established a new impressive line on the South Face of Gaurishankar called, "Voyage au bout de la peine," (in English, "Going through all the trouble"). Now back in France, they took the time to tell to us about the expedition prior to the release this winter of the film about their adventure.

Ueli Steck: historic solo of Annapurna’s South Face

A few years ago, when Ueli Steck became a member of Team Petzl, he shared with us his personal motto, "Everything I can imagine is possible." On October 10, 2013, he made mountaineering history by soloing Annapurna’s South Face in a record 28 hours. What he had imagined became a reality; an extraordinary feat indeed.
Today, Ueli Steck tells us about the ascent and shares his own personal approach to the mountains.

China Jam expedition: big wall climbing in the Tien Shan range

This year Belgian big wall climbers Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, Nicolas Favresse and Stéphane Hanssens decided to embark on a new project, making a slight exception to their usual rules by bringing Frenchman Evrard Wendenbaum in tow to take photos and video of their adventure. Read the expedition report about their trip to a relatively unknown region along the Chinese-Kyrgyz border, as told by Evrard and Stéphane.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.