Petzl Breaks Ground on New North American Headquarters

On Friday, May 10, 2013, Petzl broke ground on their new North American sales, marketing, training, and distribution headquarters, located in West Valley City, Utah.

Petzl America President Nazz Kurth speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony in West Valley City, Utah.

Nick Duttle on "I, Me, Mine"

Nick Duttle on I, Me, Mine (5.14d/9a). Austin, Texas. Photo: © Merrick Ales
Nick Duttle on I, Me, Mine (5.14d/9a). Austin, Texas. Photo: © Merrick Ales

Beth Rodden on moderate Spanish sport crags

While most climbers know by now that Spanish crags like Santa Linya and Oliana are sport climbing paradises for top-tier pros, I recently spent a month climbing in Spain and was pleasantly surprised to learn that there are many excellent crags that offer grades for every level of climber.

Alli Rainey blogs on her Great Alaskan (indoor) Climbing Adventure

Denali. At 20,320 feet, it's North America’s tallest peak. Many climbers dream of summiting this impressive Alaskan mountain. Alas, not this climber.

Snowy and cold in Alaska.

Celebrating the 10th annual Moab screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

This year marked the 10th annual screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour in Moab, Utah. The small desert town, located between Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park in beautiful red rock country, is a popular stop on the international film tour, which highlights the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world's last great wild places.

A sweet winter in Patagonia with Sean Villanueva

Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll recently left Patagonia after spending several months there with a group of friends. He was able to accomplish quite a bit, from sending projects at the Piedra Parada during the Petzl RocTrip to new alpine experiences on the Cerro Torre and Torres del Paine. Below, Sean recounts his recent adventures.



Petzl rep Tim Keenan reports from the Catskills Ice Festival

Despite blizzard conditions Friday, ice climbers showed up in full force Saturday and Sunday for the 15th annual Catskills Ice Fest, hosted by Alpine Endeavors and Rock and Snow. 

Rock and Snow during the Catskills Ice Fest in upstate New York. Photo: © Tim Keenan
Rock and Snow during the Catskills Ice Fest in upstate New York. Photo: © Tim Keenan

Hueco Rock Rodeo 2013 Round Up

2013 marked the 20th year of the Hueco Rock Rodeo in Hueco Tanks, Texas, making this one of America's longest-running outdoor climbing competitions, according to event organizer Melissa Strong. 

Jon Cardwell on Phantom Limb (V12), Hueco Tanks, TX. Photo: © Justin Roth
Jon Cardwell making quick work of Phantom Limb (V12), at the Hueco Rock Rodeo.

Petzl rep Dave Karl reports from the Mt. Washington Valley Ice Fest

The biggest and longest running ice climbing festival on the East Coast once again brought together climbers, but this time it was for a 20th anniversary ice fest birthday party! Organized by Rick Wilcox's International Mountain Equipment and the International Mountain Climbing School, the event is the highlight of the year for many ice lovers.

Petzl rep Matt McCormick reports from the 2013 Smuggs Ice Bash

The Smugglers Notch Ice Bash was started seven years ago as a small gathering of climbers in Jeffersonville, Vermont, just north of the beautiful Smuggler’s Notch State Park. From its small grassroots start, the event has quickly grown into one of the biggest and most well-attended ice fests on the East Coast.