Sustainable Summits Conference 2014The Petzl Foundation is a proud supporter of Sustainable Summits: The International Mountain Conference on Environmental Practices. This "summit of land managers, climbers, planners, and scientists representing the world’s mountainous regions" is happening from July 20-24, 2014, at the American Alpine Club in Golden, Colorado.
Big Wall Science with Majka Burhardt's Lost MountainIn my former life I was a full-time climbing guide. That means, normally, I would know better than to introduce first-time climbers to vegetated granite slabs strewn with dirt and bush-choked chimneys. But the rules are different when you’re mission is a mash-up of scientific research, conservation action, and the establishment of the first technical climbing route up a mountain in Africa.
Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy: a successful 3rd edition!This year, the Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy brought together 350 participants from 17 countries! High-level athletes and regular mountain sports enthusiasts showed up to share and improve their technique during several activities and workshops organized by Arc'teryx, the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, and other event partners.
What's in Emily Harrington's pack?This is the first in our Crag Pack series, in which Petzl athletes lay out the contents of their packs and explain why they carry what they do. For this installment, Emily Harrington of Boulder, Colorado, gives us a look at the standard sport-climbing kit she schleps to places like Ceüse, France, where she recently climbed to get in shape for her big project in the Verdon Gorge called Tom et Je Ris (5.14a). (She sent on June 4, 2014—congrats, Emily!).
Are climbers or surfers cooler? Paul Robinson weighs in…Paul Robinson joined the Petzl athlete team in 2014, bringing over 15 years of climbing experience, including ascents up V15 and 5.15. Paul's obviously a crusher on the rock, but did you know he's also into surfing? Petzl caught up with Paul and asked him a few questions about the differences and similarities between his two passions.
10 things we learned from Sasha DiGiulian's AMAOn May 19, 2014, Petzl athlete Sasha DiGiulian did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit. She posted her introduction and redditors quickly posted questions for her—about climbing, school, fear, food, and other aspects of life. Sasha hung out online for hours, typing answers to some of the over 300 questions. Here are 10 fun things we learned about Sasha from her answers.
An ice and mixed climbing expedition with Philippe Batoux: "Canada Dry" on ice!Every three years Philippe Batoux, high mountain guide and professor at ENSA (France's elite guide school), trains five young aspiring mountaineers in every alpine discipline: free and aid climbing, ice climbing, snow and mixed routes. An expedition always caps off the series of training clinics. This year, Maël Baguet, Kevin Peyre, Yoan Foulon, Eric Jamet, and Dimitry Munoz traveled with him to Canada.
Expedition report by Philippe Batoux...