Rocktoberfest 2012 and the historic PMRP purchaseOctober 5-7, 2012, Kentucky's famed Red River Gorge will again play host to the annual Rocktoberfest climbing festival and fundraiser. This year's event is special, however, as it marks the completion of the Pendergrass-Murray Recreation Preserve purchase, the largest land acquisition by a local climbing organization ever in the United States. Petzl is proud to have played a part in this precedent-setting acquisition and to once again support Rocktoberfest.
John Evans receives HERA Power of One AwardPetzl America’s Marketing Director John Evans is being honored by the HERA foundation’s Power of One award for 2012. The award recognizes one company or individual annually who has made an extraordinary contribution to HERA, a non-profit women’s cancer foundation founded by rock climber Sean Patrick.
Dave Graham In Wild Iris
Dave Graham sending Moonshine (9a/5.14d), Wild Iris, Wyoming. Photo: Jamie Emerson I did the route on my fifth try on my second day, it was satisfying to get it done over the weekend, and not to have to make a trip back.
VIDEO – Chamje Khola – extreme first descent of a Himalayan canyonIn the spring of 2011, the Himalayan Canyon Team made a first descent of one of the highest and most committing canyons on the planet: the Chamje Khola canyon. The film, by Laurent Triay, presents an historical achievement for both canyoning as well as for mountaineering in general. A new door has just been opened into techniques for descending difficult canyons in faraway lands.
Sasha DiGiulian on college and the Arco Rock Legend awardAfter graduating from high school, I devoted one year to just focusing on my climbing career, simultaneously traveling the world for both international competitions and to climb outside. The year was amazing. I learned a lot, both about myself and about the world that we live in. For example, the world is huge (I’ve learned from accumulating thousands of frequent flier miles), but there are also many cultural parallels and social intersections that shrink the scope of it all. I have found these overlapping similarities most intriguing.
VIDEO - Chris Sharma and Daila Ojeda are back in Céüse: bolting and extreme sport climbingAfter several years of absence, Chris Sharma and Daila Ojeda have returned to Ceuse on a quest for new projects. This cliff has a special significance for Chris, as it was here, more than ten years ago that he did the first ascent of the inspiring line, Biographie (5.15a). This time, at the Face de Rat, away from the summer crowds, Chris found a new line to bolt.
UTMB® 2012: 145 unforgettable hoursThe 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.
UTMB® 2012 Interview: Maud Gobert, 3rd place women’s category, talks about the CCC®It’s 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31, in the center of Courmayeur where the 1913 CCC participants started the 86km long, 5998 meter vertical adventure. Due to adverse weather conditions the course was modified, and followed the original path of the first edition. It rained throughout the entire race, and the summits even had a light dusting of snow. During the night temperatures dropped to minus 10 degrees Celsius.
Trail running - Dawa Sherpa wins the TDS at the 2012 UTMB©The 1464 brave souls participating in the TDS (Traces des Ducs de Savoie) took off on Thursday, August 30, at 7:00 a.m. in Courmayeur, Italy, for a 112km, 7150 vertical meter adventure. The winter-like conditions made the course especially difficult this year. Dawa Sherpa, Team Petzl member, was the first to arrive in Chamonix at 9:37 p.m., with a time of 14 hours 37 minutes. Lionel Trivel and Antoine Guillon crossed the finish line not too long after at 10:05 p.m.
Outside Magazine ranks Petzl America among Best Places to Work in 2012
Petzl America staff making use of the employee bouldering wall at lunch, one of the many perks that make Petzl America one of Outside Magazine's "Best Places to Work."