A recap of the 2010 Ouray Ice Festival, by competitor and instructor Caroline George

Five years ago, I got on a plane from Switzerland to come and compete in the world class Ouray Ice Festival. Little did I know how much this event would change my life. Upon arriving here, I drove to Telluride to climb the classic Ames Ice Hose, a striking WI5 three pitch line. While rappelling the route, I mistakingly dropped my ice axes, which almost took out the leader of the party below. I apologized, he forgave me and six months later, we were married.

A mid-winter update, by Joe Kinder

Most of the year I travel and don’t occupy any living quarters for more than a month. It takes a getting used to if you aren’t accustomed this sort of life but, I assure you as well…it is bliss. The past 6 months I have been in France, Spain, Colorado, Utah, Texas, and even New Mexico. All for climbing.

Planning a tropical climbing vacation this winter? Beware of those anchors!

Winter is basically here and it’s the time of year when people start heading off on climbing trips to warmer climes…particularly popular are those dreamy, tropical oceanside crags in Thailand, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, etc. But before you go trusting those bolts and anchors, BEWARE!

2002 Petzl TIKKA headlamps needed for Hollywood film - UPDATE

Updated 2/2/2010: Thanks to our Twitter followers, we were about to round up enough vintage TIKKAs for use in the film. We are no longer in need of more headlamps. Thanks for your help!


Waypoint Namibia - Majka Burhardt's climbing journey in southern Africa

photo G RogelWriter, climber and guide Majka Burhardt has a penchant for combining adventure climbing and travel to exotic destinations. She does this with a heart-felt emphasis on gaining an greater understanding of the places she visits and the people inhabiting them.

Beth Rodden's long road to recovery, Part 2

by Beth Rodden

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that everyone had a wonderful time climbing, spending time with family, or doing nothing at all.

Ice climbing and tragedy at the Bozeman Ice Festival, by Caroline George

Early last month, Petzl athlete and guide, Caroline George headed up to Bozeman to participate in the Hyalite Ice Breaker Ice Climbing Competition. As many of you may know, the event was marked by great tragedy when ice climbing legend Guy Lacelle was killed by an avalanche.

Beth Rodden's long road to recovery

by Beth Rodden

Hello everyone! Sorry if this blog is somewhat short, I am still typing one handed, which makes for slow typing and not very much patience on my part.

Adieu, Guy

We just learned yesterday that Guy Lacelle was killed in an avalanche during the Bozeman Ice Festival.  This tragic news strikes at the heart of the Petzl family, adding to a overwhelmingly sad 2009. Guy has long been a close friend to all of us at Petzl, both in North America and Europe.

A day at Pinnacles National Monument, by Ethan Pringle

Hello Petzl blog readers. Thanks for clicking on the link for my first blog… first?!? How could I have let this happen?!? I guess it’s just kind of in my nature to be a bit of a slacker. Sorry. But hey, better late than never right? It’s the thought that counts? Etc. Etc… Anyway I’ve been ramping up the PT on my shoulder lately and climbing more and more, so hopefully I’ll have some more fun stories to tell for ya’ll in the coming months about my vertical adventures!