Philippe Batoux in Yosemite: Plan BGeneva International Airport, October 2013. Philippe Batoux, along with a few members of the FFME national mountaineering team (France), takes off for Yosemite. The goal of their trip is to perfect technique for placing nuts and cams, as well as to gain aid-climbing experience. This will prepare them for a future expedition up a highly technical route on a 6000m high peak in either China or Alaska in 2015. The very full schedule in California includes trying to free a route on the legendary El Capitan, to climb an aid route, and to link the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome and the Nose in a day. Unfortunately their original plan is derailed by the closing of all national parks due to the government shutdown. Philippe Batoux talks about the ascents from their plan b.
China Jam expedition: big wall climbing in the Tien Shan rangeThis year Belgian big wall climbers Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, Nicolas Favresse and Stéphane Hanssens decided to embark on a new project, making a slight exception to their usual rules by bringing Frenchman Evrard Wendenbaum in tow to take photos and video of their adventure. Read the expedition report about their trip to a relatively unknown region along the Chinese-Kyrgyz border, as told by Evrard and Stéphane.
"El Cap at arm’s strength" T-minus one day before departureOn September 28, 2013, the "El Cap at arm’s strength" team will travel to Yosemite, with Marion Poitevin, Live Sansoz, Nicolas Potard, Fabien Dugit, and of course Vanessa François in tow.
A highly-technical project, a human adventure, and above all else a dream-ascent full of hope. Petzl is proud to support this project and wishes the entire team the best of luck.
The Petzl Foundation Supports the Alpine Near-Miss SurveyA climber nearly rappels off the end of his rope. A crew performing a mountain rescue experiences a mainline failure, but the backup holds. A cascade of ice and rock hurtles down a couloir, just missing a climbing party…
The 2013 catalog is here!Download the new 2013 catalog optimized for the iPad
The new 2013 sport catalog is now available in PDF format optimized for the iPad and other tablet computers, translating to a more comfortable read, the ability to zoom in on technical drawings, product photos and action photos, as well as links to online content.