Labor of Love: Arborist Climber

In the spring of 2010, arborist climber Xavier Ubeda went to work with some trees on a property on Moines Island in the Gulf of Morbihan. It was here that he assisted Raphaël Dubuc and Alain Gourmaud, two instructors in the profession of arborist climbing. The goal of the day was to trim large dead branches from pine trees (Pinus radiata) that overhung a footpath along the coast.

The Zanskar Odyssey: High Alpine Bouldering in the Hidden Himalayas - PART 1/3

This past fall, Colorado climbers Pete Takeda, Abbey Smith, Jason Kehl and Mick Follari journeyed to that lofty crossroads where continents meet, ancient cultures mingle, and great religions clash — the kingdom of Zanskar in the Indian Himalayas. They were looking for adventure, a fresh perspective, and the most aesthetic boulders in the world's greatest mountain range. It's a postmodern blend of traditional expedition climbing and new school bouldering, it's a search for the highest hardest climbing moves in the world.

Counterfeit: How do you identify a genuine Petzl product?


Following the discovery of counterfeit Petzl products, we have developed a decision tree to help you identify the origin of your Petzl product and what to do next.

 
 
 

Counterfeit: How do you identify a genuine Petzl product?

 
Following the discovery of counterfeit Petzl products we have developed a decision tree to help you identify the origin of your Petzl product and what to do next.
 
 
 

ANGE, new ultra-light carabiners

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Carabiners and quickdraws for multi-pitch and mountain routes

Pangaea: young explorers involved in the environmental movement

Since autumn 2008, we have shared with you the unique experiences of groups of young explorers on their expeditions with Mike Horn. To date, seven expeditions have been undertaken to the four corners of the globe (Antarctica, New Zealand Malaysia, India, Himalaya, China and Russia) and five more are planned by July 2012.
The objective of these expeditions is to teach young explorers about their natural environment and encourage them to find solutions that will, tomorrow, improve life on Earth.

 

GRIGRI 2, the new Petzl belay device with assisted braking

Behind every great send, there's a great belayer.
The GRIGRI 2 helps the belayer work in unison with the climber.

Pangaea: The Adventure continues


The Pangaea expedition to the Kamchatka region of Russia has ended. Despite some sketchy weather, the young explorers managed to take full advantage of their expedition's final days. The team shared some unforgettable moments with a group of dogsledders and their dogs, climbed a volcano and enjoyed soaking in the hot springs in Petropavlovsk, the capital of Kamchatka.

Mountain rescue : know-how sharing at IKAR CISA

The 62nd meeting was held in the Tatras mountains last fall gathering the mountain rescue corporations from all the Europeean countries, USA and Japan. The goal of the meeting is to share and discuss techniques, equiment and experiences in order to improve efficiency and safety during rescue operations in the mountains.

 

During the meeting two days of field training were proposed with simulation of rescue situations :

Vertical sailing Greenland

In the spring of 2010, Ben Ditto, Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, Nicolas Favresse, and his brother Olivier got on a sailboat to search for big wall first ascents in Greenland.