Pangaea Expedition: 250 young explorers committed to saving the planet

In 2008, Mike Horn met with Paul Petzl to discuss an entirely different type of project than his prior adventures. He presented the idea of bringing youth from all nationalities with him across the planet to discover the beauty and fragility of our natural environment.

UTMB® 2012: 145 unforgettable hours

The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® (UTMB®) took place from August 27 to September 2, 2012, in and around the Mont-Blanc range. This truly international Trail Running celebration brought together, as always, athletes, spectators, and volunteers who share the same passion. The 4 races, 73 nationalities, 6000 runners, 2000 volunteers and harsh weather conditions made for a truly extraordinary event.

Petzl Part of Outdoor Industry Group Recognized as a "Champion of Change"

Petzl is honored to be a part of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Sustainability Working Group, recently selected by the White House as a Champion of Change for Corporate Environmental Sustainability. The OIA Sustainability Working Group (OIA SWG) is a volunteer collaboration among more than 250 outdoor industry brands, retailers and suppliers working to identify and improve the environmental and social impacts of their shared global supply chains.

Daniel Woods on his FA of "Mourning Glory" (5.14c/d)


Recently, I have been switching things up and sport climbing. I have bouldered for so many years, and just needed something different.

Petzl Athlete News Round-up - Feb. 2012

As usual, the Petzl Athlete Team has been making quite a few headlines lately. Below is a brief round-up. Of course, there is much more news from all of our athletes, but these are just some of the recent highlights. Stay tuned for more...

We Want to Hear Your Helmet Stories

Tales From the Edge - Helmet Close Calls is a new page on, created to showcase stories from users who have taken some serious hits to their helmets.

Daniel Woods on his new problem, Mirror Reality

I first got word from Dave Graham in May of 2011 of a potential new project in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. The climb is located a few hundred feet past the Moraine Park turnoff, on the right hand side of the road. An obvious landmark to look for is the raging river filled with house sized boulders, running underneath the road bridge. You park in a pull out just past the bridge on the right and run a few hundred feet up the hillside into the woods.

Petzl America's stance on SOPA and Protect IP

On December 21, 2011, Petzl America became aware of our presence on a list of companies purportedly supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA; H.R. 3261). However, Petzl America does not and has never supported SOPA or the related senate bill known as the Protect IP Act

Tech Tips for Saint Nick

Santa's job isn't without its risks. Just imagine working under serious time pressure, moving around on snowy roofs in the dark...

In Florida, "Santa Claus" was getting ready for the upcoming Christmas work rush and brushing up on his rappelling technique at a local shopping mall. But the exercise didn't go exactly as planned. Instead, this poor "Santa" got his beard caught in the descender. We still don't know if he ever made it down..

Sasha DiGiulian takes 1st overall at the 2011 IFSC World Championships

A storied locale set in a green valley and surrounded by rocky outcroppings, Arco, Italy, this year hosted thousands of climbers and fans from around the world for the International Federation of Sport Climbing’s crowning competition, the Climbing World Championships. The 18-year-old climber from Virginia Sasha DiGiulian took first place overall.