Sonnie Trotter: Zen and the Art of Trying Really, Really Hard

With his infectious psyche and incredible ability, Petzl Athlete Sonnie Trotter has been setting new climbing standards all over the world: from hard sport routes in his home country of Canada to dicey trad climbing in Britain. Here, he discusses what goes through his mind on and off the rocks. For more about Sonnie, check out his blog and visit for regular updates of his exploits.


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A message from Pete Takeda in China

As many of you may have heard, last weekend, three climbers were reported missing on Mount Edgar in China: Jonny Copp, Micah Dash and Wade Johnson. This is shattering news. Our hearts and prayers go out to the friends and families of the missing climbers. Please go here for more information and to learn how you can help support search efforts:

Waypoint Namibia: Big Walls, Desert Mirages, and Perseverance in the Darmaland and Beyond

From Majka Burhardt. Check out her previous post here.

Studying the Effects of Climate Change on the Greenland Ice Sheet

Daniel McGrath is member of a team of researchers at the Univeristy of Colorado that has been studying the effects of climate change on the Greenland Ice Sheet. They spend weeks at at time on the rapidly shrinking frozen island, descending deep in the ice shelf through holes formed by meltwater known as moulins. Petzl has been supporting their valuable research by providing them with crampons, ice axes, screws, ascenders, helmets, etc.

Petzl Foundation to Sponsor Access Pan America Conservation Initiative

Petzl is announcing a partnership with Access Pan America through a grant from the Petzl Foundation. Access Pan America is a newly established organization dedicated to protecting climbing access across the Americas.

To Do: Go to Namibia

Hueco and Hollywood: Worlds Apart?

Text & photos by Pete Takeda

I spent three weeks bouldering in Hueco Tanks over the holidays. Hueco needs neither introduction nor explanation. It’s regarded by those in-the-know as the best place to boulder in the States once the snow falls. It's got this spiritual vibe too, one that the Native Americans and today's climbers seemed to have tapped into. My visit was like spending time with an old friend. I'd spent my time there in the pre-crashpad days.

The Khumbu Climbing School

Text & photos by Caroline George

In late January, Adam and I traded our skis for our huge duffle bags, full of ice climbing gear and warm down parkas, to go volunteer at the Khumbu Climbing School, teaching Sherpas how to be safe in the mountains. My friend, Amy Bullard - who was the 2009 director of KCS - had been raving about KCS and offered a few times for me to come along.

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