Petzl America Ice Event Wrap Up (2013-14)

During the 2013/14 winter season, Petzl supported at a bunch of awesome ice climbing events, including: the Bozeman Ice Festival in Montana, the Ouray Ice Fest in Colorado, the Sandstone Ice Fest in Minnesota, the Adirondack International Mountain Fest in New York, the Smuggler's Notch Ice Bash in Vermont, the Michigan Ice Fest, the Mt.

Sean O'Neill makes the first paraplegic ascent of Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls and Timmy O'Neil climbing
Left to right: Bridal Veil Falls (photo: Dan Sohner) and Sean O'Neill approaching the top (photo: Leon Hiro Davis).

 

Coming soon: the 2014 Red Rock Rendezvous

Get ready for the 2014 Red Rock Rendezvous, coming March 28-30! Petzl has been a proud supporter of this event since it began in 2003. This yearly celebration of climbing and the outdoor lifestyle is held in the beautiful Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Climbing at the Red Rock Rendezvous.

Gord McArthur on his experience ice climbing at the Sochi Olympics

Petzl athlete Gord McArthur participated in the ice climbing cultural event at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. While not a full medal sport yet, the presence of ice climbing in such a capacity is a step in that direction. Gord sent Petzl a quick update from Sochi today…

 

10 Tips for Climbing and Skiing Ecuador's Volcanoes

Petzl supported professional big mountain skier Caroline Gleich and climber and guide Nate Smith on their recent trip to Ecuador. The two learned a lot on their travels and condensed some of their wisdom into the following blog post. 

 

Jason Nelson on the FA of West Mendenhall Tower's south face

On September 14th, 2013, Petzl regional ambassador Jason Nelson and partners Gabe Hayden and Ryan Johnson made the first ascent of the south face of the West Mendenhall Tower in Alaska. They named the route Balancing Act (5.11c, 1,400’). Following is Jason’s trip report.

Gabe Hayden counting calories as camp
Gabe Hayden counting calories as camp. 

Lessons from the Ice Knife: Daniel Woods on pushing limits

Dave Graham, Jimmy Webb, Jamie Emerson, and I went hiking two years ago in Guanella Pass, Colorado. Our goal was to find new boulders. Towards the end of the day, Jimmy and I got separated from Dave and Jamie. When we met back at the car, Dave explained that he had found a worthy boulder with a few potential lines on it, the main line being this prominent prow with just enough holds to make it possible.

Ice climber Gord McArthur is heading to the 2014 Sochi Olympics

A few months ago we got an email from one of our athletes, Gord McArthur. Gord’s a talented and driven ice climber and a member of the Canadian National Team. Thanks to his strong showing at the 2013 ice climbing world championships in Kirov, Russia, Gord was invited to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where he’ll compete in the ice climbing “cultural event." We tracked down Gord in the midst of his busy training schedule to ask him a few questions about Sochi and ice climbing as a possible Olympic sport…

A response to Petzl athlete Joe Kinder's actions in California

Petzl was disappointed to hear that one of our athletes, Joe Kinder, recently cut down two juniper trees at the base of a cliff beneath a route he developed in the Tahoe area of California. Petzl does not approve of these actions and expects all members of our athlete team to respect local ethics and regulations.

The Petzl Foundation Supports the Alpine Near-Miss Survey

A climber nearly rappels off the end of his rope. A crew performing a mountain rescue experiences a mainline failure, but the backup holds. A cascade of ice and rock hurtles down a couloir, just missing a climbing party…