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.

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...

"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.

UTMB®: an imminent start for the world’s toughest trail race

The North Face® Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc® is just around the corner. The event, which hosts four of the world’s wildest and most extreme trail running races, will take place from August 26 to September 1, 2013. For the 11th time in as many years, runners will circle the Mont-Blanc range and cross through the three countries it lies in: Switzerland, Italy, and France. People experience a real connection with the mountains during such trying races. This feeling will be even more enhanced with the establishment of a dedicated environmental services team to ensure a leave-no-trace approach to the protected natural spaces where the races take place. So venture to the Chamonix Valley to cheer on the best trail runners on the planet.

Another action-packed Natural Games

The Natural Games International Outdoor Sports and Music Festival took place from June 27-30, 2013, in the southern French city of Millau. A major hub for outdoor sports, the city bent over backwards to host a fantastic international event that mixed music and a wide variety of sports such as mountain biking, rock climbing, slacklining, kayaking and paragliding, all in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The world's top athletes participated in the event.

VIDEO - CAF RocTrip Tarn - Daily reports

About 300 climbers from France and several other countries have met in the Gorges du Tarn for a RocTrip. The well renowned climbing area recently benefitted from a global rebolting plan to renew and secure all the climbing anchors.

NATURAL GAMES: are you ready for the one and only outdoor sports extravaganza?

Since 2008, the Natural Games have gather professional and amateur athletes from around the world and from different disciplines for an exceptional demonstration of kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, and even slacklining! A wild and crazy four-day competition mixing sports and music, where you can both enjoy the show and discover new activities. Head to Millau, France, the French outdoor sports capital, from June 27-30, 2013.

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.